Russia set to begin Sochi Winter Olympics today

Russia set to begin Sochi Winter Olympics today

Russia set to begin Sochi Winter Olympics today

Written by News 1st

07 Feb, 2014 | 9:24 am

The opening ceremony of the twenty Second Winter Olympics is scheduled for Friday February 7 at the  Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi

The costliest Olympic Games in history officially opens in Russia today, with 98 medals to be won over 16 days.

Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast, will welcome about 2,900 athletes in 15 disciplines as the opening ceremony begins at 16:14 GMT.

The build-up has been overshadowed by security fears, human rights concerns and delays to preparations.

But, at £30bn, the cost of these Games is more than the combined total of all other Olympic Winter Games to date.

Canada, Norway and the United States are considered the likeliest candidates to top the Sochi medal table, while Team GB have been set a target of at least three medals in Sochi.

If Britain reaches their target, that would mark the team’s best performance in terms of medals won since 1936, while hope is high that Britain could win more than one gold medal at a Winter Olympics for the first time.

-BBC-

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