If you have fifteen minutes to learn everything you would ever want to know (*but were afraid to ask) about the 2014 Olympics venues in Sochi, check out the very detailed CG video below. It explains everything from the construction of the Olympic Park and what each venue will be used for, to where the alpine skiing events will be in the mountains of Russia, to the uniqueness of the luge/bobsled/skeleton track, to how you’ll get between all of the spread-out events. Whether you’re a prospective spectator, or just an Olympics freak, this video is sure to get you amped for next year’s Games. Enjoy.
In an homage to the Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics, Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway lit the Lillehammer Youth Winter Olympic cauldron to cap the Opening Ceremony on Friday night.
The princess’ father, Crown Prince Haakon, lit the 1994 Olympic cauldron in a very similar fashion (video here). Princess Ingrid Alexandra was born in 2004.
The Opening Ceremony, held outdoors at a ski jump (same venue as 1994) in sub-freezing temperatures, included a speech from International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.
“I’m just a little bit too old to compete in the YOG,” Bach said, urging listeners to use the hashtag #IloveYOG during the nine-day Winter Games.
The ceremony included Olympic legends, such as 2010 figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim and eight-time Olympic cross-country champion Bjorn Daehlie carrying the Olympic flag.
Marit Bjoergen, a 10-time Olympic medalist cross-country skier, handed the Olympic flame to the princess.
Tied with three seconds left, Alexander Lynggaard went for a gutsy shot from midcourt to win a French handball league match Thursday.
Watch the above video with no commentary, but check out the French commentary on the Instagram video from Lynggaard’s account below.