From the Reference Desk
2014 OLYMPIC WINTER GAMES - SOCHI, RUSSIA
February 7 – February 23, 2014
The Official Website of the 2014 Winter Olympics contains news, results, photos and videos, and allows viewers to check out the highlights from past Olympics. It also shows the locations for upcoming games which will be held in
Rio – 2016
Pyeongchag – 2018
Tokyo – 2020
Did you know that the Olympic Torch made a space walk from the International Space Station?
You can also Follow the Olympic Torch as it makes its earthly way to Sochi.
Other interesting links for the 2014 Winter Olympics
Official FB page for Sochi Olympics
Official Twitter page for Sochi Olympics
Official ticket website and schedule of events.
Ten day forecast for Sochi, Russia’s weather
Infoplease Almanac’s Olympics facts and trivia
Wondering where on earth Sochi, Russia is located?
This brief BBC video of Sochi, known as the Russian Riviera located along Russia’s Black Sea coast, will get your feet wet. You can then go to the World Atlas website to view a map of Sochi. One map gives viewers an idea where in the world Sochi is, as well as an idea of its location in relation to Europe. The RussiaTrek website provides an overview of the resort city, as well as photos, facts, and a summary of its history.
Looking for some interesting reading material about the Winter Games? Look no further than the Monroe County Library System. Some of the following titles will put you in the Olympic spirit.
Bode: Go Fast, Be Good, Have Fun
By: Bode Miller
Book Description: “I don’t master the mountain, I master speed.” Coming from Bode Miller, this isn’t boasting, it’s just the way he lives: fast, honest, and wide open. In this candid book, the two-time Olympic medalist and champion skier shares his story, the secret of his success, and his philosophy of life. –Summary
Downhill Racer [DVD]
Released by: The Criterion Collection
DVD Description: A skier desperate to win gold in the Olympics joins an American team only to find that his new coach doesn’t agree with how he goes about getting it.
Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics
By: Sue Macy, Forward by: Peggy Fleming
Book Description: Presents photographs and stories on historical victories, matches, and other memorable moments at the Winter Olympics, such as the Jamaican bobsled team and the Soviet-American hockey match. –Summary
Gold Medal Winter
By: Donna Freitas
Book Description: Esperanza Flores’s place on the U.S. Olympic figure skating team has come at the expense of an injured skater, so in addition to the pressure of sudden fame and outsized expectations, Espi has to deal with the resentment of her teammates, and their efforts to sabotage her routine. –Summary
The Hockey Book
Edited by: Kostya Kennedy
Book Description: A visual chronicle of hockey’s history begins with its hardscrabble roots and continues through the eras of such greats as Gordie Howe, Bobby Orr, and Wayne Gretzky, as well as such Olympic feats as the U.S.A.’s defeat of the Soviet Union at Lake Placid.
100 Unforgettable Moments in the Winter Olympics
By: Bob Italia
Book Description: Recounts memorable events from past Winter Olympic games from Eddie Eagan’s gold medal in bobsledding at Lake Placid in 1932 to Tommy Moe’s alpine skiing medal in 1994.
Ready, Set, Snow!
By: Abby Klein
Book Description: When the first grade has a Winter Olympics contest, Freddy helps his class win—and shows good sportsmanship at the same time.
By: Matt Doeden
Book Description: On snowboarder Shaun White’s first run on the halfpipe at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, he set the high score and secured the gold medal. On his second run, Shaun set an even higher score. But Shaun is more than a two-time Olympic snowboarding champ, he’s also a world-class skateboarder. As the first person to compete in both the Summer and Winter games, Shaun is the biggest star in both sports. –Amazon
Vancouver 2010 Highlights [DVD]: XXI Olympic Winter Games, Including Highlights of Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Published by: Team Marketing
DVD Description: Highlights from the 2010 Winter Olympics from Vancouver, Canada. Includes the opening ceremonies, behind the scenes, plus up-close and personal stories that shaped the two-week games.
Zero Regrets: Be Greater Than Yesterday
By: Apolo Ohno
Book Description: Gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater Apolo Ohno chronicles his life and the lessons he learned from skating.
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