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Sharpen up those blades and practice your triple Lutz because the XXII Olympic Winter Games are coming! This year’s games will be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7th to February 23rd. While a lot of us can’t make it to Russia, we can bask in the glory and the tears of the games from our comfy dorm rooms. NBC and NBC Sports will host everything from the opening ceremony to the all the games and the closing ceremony.
This year the International Olympic Committee has added 12 new games. The Twelve new games are:
Biathlon Relay Mixed – Mixed
Figure Skating Team Event- Mixed
Luge Team Relay-Mixed
Ski Half pipe- Men’s and Women’s
Ski-Slope style- Men’s and Women’s
Snowboard Slope style- Men’s and Women’s
Snowboard Parallel Slalom- Men’s and Women’s
Women’s Ski Jumping
In total there will be three mixed events, four men’s events, and five women’s events which give us the total of twelve new events. The opening ceremony will take place on February 7th at 8 pm on NBC as well as NBCSN.
As the Olympics are approaching many athletes are geared to go and there are a few new athletes to keep your eyes on, the crowd favorites are:
Gracie Gold –Figure skating
Ted Ligety –Skiing
Mikaela Shiffrin– Slalom Alpine Skiing
Ashley Wagner– Figure skating
Arielle Gold– Snowboarding
Yuna Kim – Figure Skating
Hanna Kearney – Freestyle Skiing,
Meryl Davis and Charlie White– Ice Dancing Partners
Shani Davis– Men’s Speed skating
Shaun White– Snowboarding
Bode Miller– Alpine Skiing,
Julia Mancuso – Slalom, Downhill, and Combined Skiing
Torin Yater Wallace- Free Skier,
Kelly Clark– Snowboarding
Elena Hight– Snowboarding
Seth Wescott- Snowboarding
Jamie Anderson– Slopestyle Skiing
Hannah Teter- Snowboarding Half pipe,
J.R. Celski – Short Track Speed Skater,
Bill Demong- Nordic Combined,
Steven Holcomb- Four Men Bobsleigh
Tim Burke- Biathlon
Noelle Pikus- Pace- Skeleton.
Not into traditional winter sports? Well, there are some seemingly strange new additions that may catch your attention. The Nordic Combined is a mix of cross country skiing and ski jumping, Biathlon is a mix of cross country skiing and rifle shooting, and as for Skeleton– it is an individual lying face down on a sled.
Get ready to cheer on team U.S.A. And let’s bring home the gold!
Colleen Moriaty is a staff writer and Secretary for The Hub; she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on twitter @ColleenMoriaty.