The Winter Olympics Guide 2014

Posted on January 08, 2014 by Fiona Hilliard

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Winter Olympics 2014

In just a few weeks’ time, the Russian city of Sochi will be grabbing headlines around the world when it  hosts the Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics, the first Olympics of any kind for the Russian Federation since the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. 2500 athletes will take part in fifteen winter sports.   With a total of 12 events taking place in Sochi including figure skating, women’s ski jumping, ski half-pipe and team relay luge, it looks like we will be seeing a LOT of Sochi on our screens this February and over the coming years, as the city will not only have the honour of hosting the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in 2014, but also the Russian Formula 1 Grand Prix from 2014 to 2020.  Sochi is also set to be one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

With this in mind, we thought we’d bring you a short guide to the city and what to expect if you’re travelling to Sochi 2014.

Where is Sochi?

Sochi is located in Krasnodar Krai,  on the Black Sea Coast, close to the border between Georgia and Russia.  The city of Sochi has a humid subtropical climate and enjoys mild winters (average temperatures of 11C and warm summers with average temperatures of  24C.  The Winter Olympics will be taking place around two hours drive from the centre of Sochi, at Krasnaya Polyana, the ski resort or “Mountain Cluster”, where the mountain events of the Winter Olympics and Paralympics are due to be held.  Indoor events will be held at  Sochi Olympic Park, located in the Coastal Cluster in the Imeritin Valley.

Travelling to Sochi 2014

Sochi is well connected with Krasnodar by air, rail and road transport.  The following infographic illustrates everything you need to know if you’re planning a visit this February…

Fiona Hilliard

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