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Olympic rings: five interlocking rings (blue, yellow, black, green and red) symbolizing the five continents.
Olympic motto: Citius, Altius, Fortius (faster, higher, stronger).
Olympic Charter: code of rules and principles governing the International Olympic Committee and Olympic movement.
Olympism: IOC term for the philosophy of sport, culture and education behind the Olympic movement.
Olympic hymn or anthem played at opening and closing ceremony. [more...]
Sochi, population 350,000, is a subtropical resort on the Black Sea, where ice events will be held at new indoor arenas at the Olympic Park. [more...]
A total of 98 gold medals will be handed out to individuals and teams.
The medals designed by the hosts feature a patchwork quilt design representing the different regions of Russia. [more...]
Olympic Park: site of five new indoor arenas for ice sports and the 40,000-seat Olympic Stadium, where the opening and closing ceremonies will be held.
Olympic Village, capitalized, or athletes village, lower case. [more...]
Eight on ice: bobsled, curling, figure skating, hockey, luge, skeleton, speedskating, short track speedskating.
Seven on snow: Alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski jumping, snowboarding.
New events: 12, including women's ski jumping, ski halfpipe and ski and snowboard slopestyle races. [more...]
A snow leopard, a polar bear and a hare.
IOC: International Olympic Committee. [more...]
Dates: Feb. 7-23.
Nations: more than 80 national teams will compete.
Athletes: around 3,000.
Medal events: 98.
hockey: face off (v.), faceoff (n. [more...]
Capitalize games when attached to the host city or year: the Sochi Games and the 2014 Games.
When standing alone, spell games lowercase: The games open Feb. [more...]