The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are About to Begin!

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The 2014 Winter Olympics are coming up![/caption]

The 2014 Winter Olympics are going to be held in Sochi, Russia, from?February 6 to February 23. ?These Olympics will feature 15 different types of popular winter sports, including skiing, luge, bobsled, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, speed skating, snowboarding, and biathlons.

The Olympics will feature 98 events in total, and will be held in a beautiful resort town. Russia has spent a great deal of time and money modernizing its transportation, telecommunications, and power infrastructures in order to accommodate the Olympics. In fact, these will be the most expensive Olympics Games in history.

Russia had initially budgeted the cost of hosting the Olympics at $12 billion, but in reality, their budget expanded to $51 billion. To date, the most expensive Olympics were the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, on which China spent $44 billion. ?It looks like Russia now has that beat.

This is the first time that the Russian Federation is holding the Winter Olympics. The last time it was held anywhere near this geographic location was in 1980, when the Soviet Union held the Summer Olympics close to Moscow.

Let?s turn our focus to the competitive games. ?As we mentioned, more than 15 different types of disciplines are going to compete, including three types of skating, figure skating, speed skating, and short track speed skating, as well as six different types of skiing, alpine, cross-country, free style, Nordic, ski-jumping, and snowboarding.

Some of these sports, such as snowboarding, are relatively new to the Olympic Games, and many people wonder just who will be the winners. ?Some people are even taking bets.

Some of the nations that have traditionally performed very well in previous Winter Olympics, such as Norway, Russia, France, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Canada, and the United States, are being closely watched by winter sports enthusiasts. In fact, many people who use sports betting web sites, are making wagers to see which country will bring home the most gold medals. Some people are wagering on Norway, some are wagering on Russia, some on Poland, some on the Czech Republic, and so on down the line. Each nation has its own odds, as well as the odds of a “draw” between that country and another country. (On betting web sites, a team event counts as one single medal.)

Of course, the bets don?t purely focus on who?s going to bring home the gold. ?People are also betting on which countries will bring home the most silver and bronze medals, as well as which individual athletes, both male and female, will bring home the most gold.

Regardless of who wins, this year?s 2014 Winter Olympic Games is certain to be fascinating. The Games start in less than two weeks, so place your bets, sit back, and enjoy the show.

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