The eyes of the world will turn to Sochi, Russia this weekend. A relatively unknown city on the banks of the Black Sea, Sochi is located in the southeastern corner of Russia, within a few kilometers of Georgia. In the Western world, we tend to think of Russia as being somewhat far removed from the European countries. However, the city of Sochi is only 1500 miles from Greece, 1600 miles from Austria and just over 2500 miles from Israel. Its seaport is nestled conveniently in between Turkey, Georgia and Ukraine.
As representatives from all corners of the globe gather for the single largest international event, our TV’s, computers and even our phones, will all be tuned to the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics. All eyes will be on Russia.
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Much negative publicity has already surrounded this week’s countdown to the Opening Ceremonies. The pictures and stories produced by the media have been anything but complimentary so far. However, with the official start of the games, perhaps the focus can now be shifted to the true spirit of the games: the spirit of competition and of global cooperation.
We will be highlighting some of our favorite stories, heroes, pictures and triumphs from the Winter Olympics over the next couple of weeks. We hope you’ll follow us as we focus on the positive and as we cheer our athletes on to victory. Follow our 2014 Olympics Pinterest board as well!
“The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.” –Olympic Charter