The Only Guide to the Sochi Olympics You’ll Need

Feb 7, 2014 5:04am

From the marquee match-ups to the crazy time difference, we have you covered on everything you need to navigate the 2014 Winter Olympics Games from your couch. 

What to watch for at the opening ceremony:

The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 7 at Fisht Olympic Stadium. That’s when you’ll get to see the 230-strong U.S. Olympic team parade through the venue, along with their counterparts from other countries.

One of the greatest things about the opening ceremony, aside from seeing everyone come together in peace and harmony, of course, is scoping out the fashion.

The Norwegian curling team has already boldly raised the stakes with their funky and fabulous Sochi 2014 suits. There will likely be some other can’t miss fashion moments.

 

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What’s with all the “clusters” in Sochi?

The coastal cluster is where all of the arena sports, such as ice dancing and hockey will take place. It’s also where the winners will receive their medals.

Less than a 30-minute ride away from the coastal cluster is the mountain cluster, which is located on Krasnaya Polyana in the Caucasus Mountains. The five venues here will host all of the sports relating to snow and sliding.

 

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A map of the Sochi coastal cluster, which is located near the Olympic Village. (Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

 

Moments You Won’t Want to Miss:

American ice dancing power partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White are world champions and ready to claim gold at the Sochi games.

The formidable pair will face some serious competition from Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who edged them out of the top spot at the 2010 Vancouver games. The ice dancing free skate is set for Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. EST.

 

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Davis and White, left, will be skating against Canadian power couple  Virtue and Moir, right. (Image Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images | Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

Shaun White is one of the greatest and most extreme American winter athletes. The “Flying Tomato” will be competing in the half-pipe .

White took gold in the past two Olympic games. A third gold in Sochi would cement his status as a legend.

The men’s half-pipe will begin Feb. 11 at 5 a.m. EST. The finals are scheduled for later that day, which for all of us in the US, means we should tune in around 12:30 p.m. EST to see if White can clinch gold.

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Shani Davis is the two-time defending Olympic champion in the 1,000-meter speed skating race. At 31 years old, Davis is a veteran of the US speed skating team and still at the top of his game. Look out for him to make it three gold medals in a row.

The 1,000 meter race will take place around 9 a.m. EST on Wednesday, February 12.  Davis also has three other events. Speed skating events are scheduled for 11 days during the games, so be sure to turn in for some nail-biting races.

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Short track speed skating never fails to bring the drama.

Blocking fellow skaters, sneaky maneuvers and races that can come down to a hundredth of a second make the sport oh-so-fun to watch.

The South Korean and Chinese teams are expected to dominate on the rink.

Without American star Apolo Ohno competing this time around, look for J.R. Celski to have his moment in the spotlight.  

Short track begins Monday, February 10 and wraps up on Friday, February 21.

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The Jamaican Bobsled team, which has been called the “hottest thing on ice” is ready to glide at the Sochi games.

Last competing in the winter Olympics in Salt Lake City in 2002 where they finished 28th, the  team has qualified for the games and crowdfunded their trip there.

The bobsleigh competition begins on  Monday, Feb. 17.

Also look out for Summer Olympian Lolo Jones, who will make a run for it on the bobsleigh track on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

 

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