Sochi Olympics, One Year Away

2014 Winter Olympics

 

premium_article_headlineThe 2014 Winter Olympics will begin one year from today.  They will be held in Sochi, Russia.  Sochi is a resort city on the Black Sea.  It has a population of 350,000, and many palm trees.  Yes, I did say palm trees.

Russians come to bask in the sun during the summer months, but the Caucasus mountains rise majestically in distance, offering winter holidays as well.

Those who have been there say it is much like Vancouver, British Columbia, only warmer.  “There is no doubt that the Games will put Sochi on the map,” said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi Organizing Committee. “The city of Sochi has always been a very popular tourist destination in Russia — with more than 3½ million visitors each year. And yet, few people in other parts of the world had heard of it before we won the right to host the Games. Already, we have seen the level of interest in Sochi change dramatically and we only expect this to increase when we host the 2014 Olympics.”

130206_Sochi_olympics_2I enjoy the Winter Olympics most of all.  Skiing alone makes it all worth watching, every event is exciting.  Both single and pairs ice skating are beautifully athletic, and the hockey games are often dramatic, always competitive.

Last summer’s Olympics marked an important event for me.  Either the first or second article I ever wrote for the Guardian Express was just before they began.  I’m still very happy to be part of the best.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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