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14 Facts about the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics to *Impress* your Friends

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What country has the most winter Olympic gold medals despite having just 1/63rd the population of second-place United States? What is the average February daytime temperature in Sochi? What are the 12 …

What country has the most winter Olympic gold medals despite having just 1/63rd the population of second-place United States? What is the average February daytime temperature in Sochi? What are the 12 new events at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Read this deck, created by official telecommunications supplier Avaya, to learn these and more.

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  • 1. 4 © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 1
  • 2. 1 Seven cities bid to host the 2014 Winter Games: Sochi (Russian Federation), Salzburg (Austria), Jaca (Spain), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Pyeongchang (Republic of Korea), Sofia (Bulgaria) and Borjomi (Georgia). The IOC selected the final three: Sochi, Salzburg, and Pyeongchang. Sochi won the bid. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 2
  • 3. 2 Sochi is considered the longest city in Europe (approximately 148 kilometers or 92 miles). © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 3
  • 4. 3 A subtropical beach resort, Sochi will be the warmest city to host a Winter Olympics. February daytime temperatures average 50° F (10 ° C). The mountains above Sochi where most events will take place are much colder, but organizers are stockpiling half a million cubic meters of snow just in case, anyway. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 4
  • 5. 4 Sochi has been a resort town since its coastline was settled in the late 1800s. Today, over two million visitors come to Sochi each year. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 5
  • 6. 5 In order to promote the Olympics as well as the physical fitness of its residents, Moscow has a special promotion: Do 30 squats, get a free subway ticket. Also free? The embarrassment of realizing you can’t do a squat. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 6
  • 7. 6 The torch relay started on October 7, 2013. The torch will arrive in Sochi for the opening ceremony on February 7. Avaya torchbearer in Suzdal, Russia © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 7
  • 8. 7 The modern Olympic flame was first lit at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. The first modern Olympic torch relay was at Berlin in 1936. 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Cauldron The torch for the Sochi Winter Olympic Flame that the relay runners carry. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 8
  • 9. 8 Matryoshkas are Russia’s iconic wooden nesting dolls. For Sochi, there are Matryoshkas that you can buy or even win. But Matryoshka dolls actually originated in Japan. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 9
  • 10. 9 There are a total of 5 Olympic mascots this year. The Polar Bear, Hare and Snow Leopard are the official mascots of the 2014 Winter Olympics. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. A Ray of Light and Snowflake are the 10 mascots for the Paralympic Winter Games.
  • 11. 10 Olympic pin trading is considered the number one spectator sport of the Olympic Games. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. photo credit: brianholsclaw via photopin cc photo credit: happyworker via photopin cc photo credit: brendan.lally....away via photopin cc 11
  • 12. 11 This is the first time Russia will host the Winter Olympics. The Soviet Union (USSR) hosted the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 12
  • 13. 12 There will be 15 sport disciplines (groups) at Sochi. Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsleigh, Cross-Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding and Speed skating.* © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. *Whew. 13
  • 14. 13 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. There is a total of 98 medal-awarding events for men and women, including the 12 new events listed below. Freeskiing halfpipe* Freeskiing slopestyle* Women's ski jumping Snowboard slopestyle* -----> Figure skating team event Snowboard parallel special slalom* Biathlon mixed relay Luge team relay © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 14 * Listed as separate men’s and women’s events
  • 15. 14 Norway, with just 5 million residents, has the most Winter Olympic medals (303). Second-place U.S. (253) has 63 times the population. © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 15
  • 16. Head over to the Avaya Connected blogs to learn how we and our communications technology are powering the Games! And follow @Avaya on Twitter to win Matryoshka dolls and Olympic pins from Avaya! © 2013 Avaya Inc. All rights reserved. 16