Countdown to Olympic Games in Sochi begins

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The United States Olympic Committee will join the rest of the world in celebrating the one-year countdown to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia with a week full of activities beginning Feb. 4.

Various promotions and activities will celebrate Team USA’s journey to Sochi while sharing the excitement and spirit of the Olympic Winter Games with fans across the country.

“The Road to Sochi is about sharing the inspirational stories of our athletes with the American public ahead of the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games,” said Lisa Baird, USOC chief marketing officer. “Thanks to the tremendous Olympic efforts of NBCUniversal and other partners in the Road to Sochi program, like Hilton HHonors, Americans will get to know the 2014 U.S. Olympians and Paralympians better than ever before in the 12 months leading up to the Sochi Games.”

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, which run from Feb. 6 to 23, will feature 15 disciplines of seven sports, for a total of 98 medal events. There will be 12 new events: biathlon mixed relay, figure skating team event, freestyle skiing halfpipe and slopestyle competitions, luge team relay, women’s ski jumping, and snowboard slopestyle and parallel slalom events.

Just two weeks after the end of the Olympic Games, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will take place March 7 to 16. The Games will feature seven disciplines of five sports, for a total of 72 medal events, including men’s and women’s standing snowboard cross, which will make its debut in Sochi as a part of the alpine skiing program.