Excitement Builds for the Winter Games

Published 02/05 2014 09:59AM

Updated 02/05 2014 11:02AM

Grand architecture, breathtaking views and palm trees! That’s what athletes and spectators will see as they prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

While the temperatures are tropical in the “Coastal Cluster” where all of the indoor events will take place, the “Mountain Cluster” provides a snowy scenic setting for skiing, snowboarding and all of the outdoor events.

The U.S. is one of a record 88 nations competing in this year’s games, including seven countries that are participating in the Winter Olympics for the first time.

As fans continue to arrive in Sochi, they’ll be watching over 2,500 athletes competing in 98 events over the next several days. All of them with one goal in mind, the opportunity to take home a gold medal.

For the first time ever in Winter Olympic history, some events will take place on Thursday. One day before the opening ceremony.

Qualifications for men’s slope-style will kickoff the games that morning, followed by ladies’ slope-style and ladies’ mogul qualification to round out the day. 

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