The Winter Olympics are just days away. Will you be watching? This year they will be held in Sochi, Russia. This will be the first time that the Russian Federation will host the Winter Games; the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow. The host city Sochi has a population of 400,000 people and is situated in Krasnodar, which is the third largest region in Russia.
Did you know that twelve winter sports events (three mixed events, four men’s events and five women’s events) will make their debuts on the Olympic programme? Here’s what to look out for:
- Biathlon mixed relay – Mixed
- Figure skating team event – Mixed
- Luge team relay – Mixed
- Ski halfpipe – Men’s and Women’s
- Ski slopestyle – Men’s and Women’s
- Snowboard slopestyle – Men’s and Women’s
- Snowboard parallel slalom – Men’s and Women’s
- Women’s ski jumping – Women’s
This year there are three Olympic Mascots – the Leopard, the Hare, and the Polar Bear. The decision was made by the Russian public who voted via a television show.
I’ll be watching how about you? I love to watch the skating. I think I will be most interested this year to watch the Women’s Ski Jumping – that is one event where my heart is always pounding! I can’t wait to see women competing in this event!
So, to get ready and get our little ones excited about the Olympics, I thought I would put together a short list of books about winter sports and the Olympics. This is by no means complete… just a few to whet the appetite!
Do you remember Mr. Magee? We talked about his earlier…taking a camping trip. Well this time he’s going to teach us all about skiing…HANG ON!!! There’s nothing but hilarious fun in store with Learning to Ski with Mr. Magee!
Jump start you training for the Olympics with Tacky and the Winter Olympics. Read along while the penguins get ready…can Tacky lead his team to victory?
G is for Gold Medal is an alphabetic book of the Olympics – fun and it gives a little bit of history with each letter. Find out the meaning behind the five interlocking rings on the Olympic flag!
Check out this photographic history of the Olympic Games produced by National Geographic – Freeze Frame.