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The 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games, or the 22nd Winter Olympics, will take place from February 6th to the 23rd in Sochi, Russia, with some events held in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana. 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines will be held. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics in the Russian Federation since the breakup of the USSR. The USSR was the host nation for the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.

The events of the 2014 Winter Olympics will be held around two clusters of new venues; an Olympic Park was constructed in the Imeretinsky Valley on the coast of the Black Sea, with Fisht Olympic Stadium and the Games’ indoor venues located within walking distance, and snow events will be held at Krasnaya Polyana. In preparation for the games, organizers focused on modernizing the telecommunications, electric power, and transportation infrastructures of the region. While originally budgeted at 12 billion, various factors caused the budget to expand to over $51 billion, surpassing the estimated $44 billion cost of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing as the most expensive Olympics in history.

 

sochi2014.com

 

Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee launched a new version of the official site www.sochi2014.com. This version is highly interactive, offering easy access to information about the athletes participating in the Games, sport disciplines, competition schedule and the city of Sochi. The site will feature detailed results of all events in real time. In 2014, sochi2014.com will become one of the most popular sports sites on the planet – more than 100 million visitors are expected to visit the site throughout the Olympic Games.

The new version of the site consists of five main sections – competition timetables and results, sport, medals, athletes, and countries – enabling visitors to find all necessary information about the Games along with photos and video galleries of key Games moments.

The website is a fundamental resource for Winter Olympics Games fans. The home page features the schedule of events, top news, best photographs, and a countdown clock to the start of the Games in Sochi.

In the “Medals” section, visitors can access information about the awards that will be presented at the Games in Sochi and also previous Games medal standings.

A “Spectator Guide,” outlining information on the staging area of the Games, venues and services will be accessible from the site.

The site also includes a “Team support” service, through which visitors will be able to support their favorite athlete or country via a selected social network (VKontakte, Facebook, or Twitter).

Lastly, the “Voice of the Games” news section enables site visitors to learn the most up-to-date information about the Games, Partners and events. The “Voice of the Games” will also provide important information for spectators updated every 15-20 minutes.

 

NBC Olympics Viewers Guide

 

 

Comprehensive coverage of the XXII Olympic Winter Games from Sochi, Russia, will be presented across NBCUniversal’s broadcast and digital platforms.

Fully-distributed NBCUniversal cable channels CNBC, MSNBC and USA Network will combine to present an additional 124 hours of competition coverage from Sochi, focusing primarily on hockey and curling. CNBC will carry 36 hours of Olympic curling coverage, MSNBC will host 45 hours of live curling and hockey, including medal rounds, and USA Network will serve up 43 hours of live curling and hockey coverage, including medal rounds.

Beginning on Thursday, Feb. 6, with preliminary rounds of Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing and Figure Skating, every phase of competition from all 15 sports on the Sochi program, including each medal-winning performance in all 98 events, will be streamed LIVE on NBCOlympics.com and via the NBC Sports Live Extra mobile app (iPhone/iPad | Android).

Every hockey game. Every downhill run. Every figure skating routine. All available for viewing LIVE – with no additional cost to authenticated TV subscribers – as part of NBC Olympics’ digital offering.

Television coverage of the Sochi Games will begin Thursday, Feb. 6, with the first of an unprecedented 18 consecutive NBC primetime shows, continuing with Friday night’s Opening Ceremony and concluding Sunday, Feb. 23, with the Closing Ceremony. The Feb. 6 start marks the first time NBC will deliver primetime Olympic programming before the Opening Ceremony.

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Live daytime broadcasts in the U.S. begin Saturday, Feb. 8, on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and across the NBCUniversal family of networks.

NBCSN will present more than 230 hours of Olympic coverage from Sochi, the most Winter Olympic coverage ever on a cable network.

NBCSN’s 2014 Sochi Games coverage highlights include:

  • The most comprehensive live coverage of the Sochi competition day;
  • The network serving as the cable home for Team USA;
  • Starting Saturday, Feb. 8, when NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins, the network will feature complete, live coverage of figure skating;
  • In addition to its extensive figure skating coverage, the network will feature live coverage of 10 more sports, including speed skating, bobsled, ski jumping, Nordic combined, and more.
  • Team USA vs. Russia in men’s hockey on Saturday, Feb. 15.

NBCSN’s Olympic coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 8 at 3 a.m. ET/Midnight PT, when Team USA faces Finland in women’s hockey, and concludes Sunday, Feb. 23, the final day of the Sochi Games. NBCSN will air at least one gold medal final live each day through its 16 days of coverage. Most days, live coverage on NBCSN will begin at 3 a.m. ET and continue for 12 hours.

NBCSN will complement the Olympic programming airing on NBC, the details of which will be released shortly.

 

 

Click here for the NBC Olympics Website

 

 


Sochi 2014 Olympic Mascots

 

Sochi 2014 Olympic Mascots The Polar Bear, The Hare and The Leopard.

 

The Polar Bear. Beyond the Arctic Circle on a shelf of ice there lives a polar bear. In his home, everything is made out of ice and snow: his snow shower, his bed, his computer and even his weight-lifting equipment. The Polar Bear was brought up by Arctic explorers from a very early age. It was they who taught him skiing, speed-skating and curling. But above all The Polar Bear enjoyed riding sports sleighs. He became a real bobsleigh pro, while his fellow bears, along with the seals and fur seals, love watching his sporting achievements. These days they often set up bobsleigh competitions together and during the long Arctic nights, there’s never a dull moment!

The Hare. The Hare is the busiest creature in the winter forest. Her friends are always amazed: just how does she find the time to do so much! For the little doe hare not only studies at the Forest Academy (where she gets excellent grades) and helps her Mum in the family restaurant, “The Forest Dam”, but also takes part in all manner of sporting events. The little doe hare trusts her friends so much that she doesn’t have any secrets. She simply loves sport with all her heart. And she also loves to sing and dance.

The Leopard. The Leopard is a rescuer and mountain-climber who lives in the uppermost branches of a huge tree, on the highest peak of the snowy mountains in the Caucasus. He is always prepared to help those in need, and on a number of occasions has rescued nearby villages from mighty avalanches. The Leopard is an experienced snowboarder and has taught all his friends and neighbors to snowboard too. He is a cheerful character who enjoys the company of others and loves to go dancing.

Click Here fort the Mascots Page

 

Other 2014 Winter Olympics links

 

Wiki Page

NBC Olympics TV listings

 

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LEMON SYRNIKI

 

 

When Americans think of Russian food, it’s generally the cliches — the beet soup known as borscht, or caviar-topped pancakes called blini. And they imagine both washed down with copious amounts of vodka.

Admittedly, those play a role. But traditional Russian cuisine is so much broader than that, encompassing a variety of dumplings, pungent preserved vegetables, smoked and salted fish, and meats like wild game and crawfish. Not your traditional American fare to nosh while watching sports, but certainly fitting choices if you’re planning to watch the Winter Olympics, which are being held in Russia this year.

“For Americans, it’s pretty specific to drink beer, eat pizza, eat wings,” says Yevgeniy Khorishko, press officer at the Russian embassy in Washington. “There is no such tradition in Russia.”

Which is why when Olya Morgen and her husband Brian sit down to watch the Winter Games next month, they’re planning to enjoy a feast of potato salad and pirozhki.

“We’ll munch and watch,” says Morgen, a 33-year-old chiropractor from Arlington, Va., who emigrated from Moscow in 1991. “Brian loves it. The pirozhki are his favorite.”

Need help getting a taste of Russia for your own viewing party? Consider starting with Russian potato salad, also called Olivier after the 19th century Belgian chef who created it.

Potato salad remains one of Russia’s most beloved dishes. A diced potato salad originally accompanied by luxurious items such as crawfish and grouse, Olivier generally incorporates peas, carrots, salted cucumbers and sometimes other vegetables in a rich mayonnaise dressing. Today, however, the meats are more likely to be chicken, ham or a bologna-like sausage. The salad is an absolute requirement on any Russian holiday table.

“In Russia, it’s very famous,” Alexander Lokhin, executive chef at the Russian restaurant Mari Vanna in Washington, said speaking through a translator. He doctors American mayonnaise with pickle juice and egg yolk for the Olivier he serves at the restaurant. “All holidays we have Olivier, especially for New Year’s Eve.”

Adventurous eaters might watch the ski jumps and other cold weather events with some “herring under a fur coat.” This is a plate of finely chopped pickled herring buried beneath layers of shredded potato, beets, onions and carrots. The salad can be eaten on its own or with some sturdy Russian black bread. The beets often are mixed with mayonnaise or sour cream to form a pinkish dome over the ingredients.

Got your heart set on blini? Those work, too. The small buckwheat pancakes make excellent finger food. A toppings bar can include smoked salmon, chopped eggs, sour cream and caviar.

Dumplings called pirozhki offer pockets of yeasty dough filled with ground beef and onion, mushrooms, rice, mashed potatoes and dill, braised cabbage, or even liver and potatoes. Pelmeni are dumplings with a thinner skin, a bit like wontons, and are filled with minced meat, fish or mushrooms, before being boiled. They can be eaten in broth or buttered and served with sour cream. Though both are dumplings, pirozhki are larger, sturdier and usually are baked, while pelmeni are smaller, slippery and generally round.

“It’s the difference between ravioli and pizza,” says Lokhin.

Fresh vegetables traditionally were difficult to come by during the deep freeze of Russian winters. But that didn’t stop people from enjoying salads. Russian vinegret salad begins with a layer of diced boiled beets and potatoes. This gets topped by any combination of diced carrots, peas, kidney beans, pickled cabbage, onions, salted cucumbers or a half-dozen other items. The salad usually is dressed with sunflower oil.

Russian drinks run the gamut from kvass, a fermented beverage made from rye bread, to the honey wine called medovukha. But to celebrate, nothing makes a toast like vodka.

“Definitely we’ll celebrate our victories with traditional Russian spirits, you know what,” says the Embassy’s Khorishko. “But not in the beginning of the day. After work.”

 

 

LEMON SYRNIKI Recipe

 

Syrniki is a farm-style cheese pancake, sort of a cross between cheesecake and pancakes. It can be served for breakfast, tea, a light meal or a snack. We liked ours topped with sour cream and jam, or fresh fruit and whipped cream, but you could omit the sugar and go completely savory, topping it with sour cream, chives and chopped ham.

Start to finish: 1 1/2 hours

Servings: 12

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Two 7 1/2-ounce packages farmer’s cheese

3 eggs

1/2 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dredging

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Zest of 2 lemons

Vegetable oil, for frying

 

PREPARATION

 

In a food processor, pulse the cheese until finely chopped. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir together with the eggs, 1/2 cup of flour, sugar, salt, baking soda and lemon zest. The dough should be soft and somewhat sticky. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Form the dough into small rounds, the size of a walnut. Flatten into patties, then lightly dredge in flour. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium-high, heat about 1/4 inch of oil. Working in batches, fry the patties for 3 minutes per side, adding additional oil between batches as needed. Serve immediately.

 

 

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