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The Olympics Are Here!

It's that time of year again. Every four years, the winter Olympics shows its face. February is dominated by the near month long games. And most importantly for sports fans (like myself), the Olympics fills the time between the end of the NFL season and March Madness in the NCAA.

The Olympics take place every four years and are held at a different site each time. The last winter Olympics was in 2010 and was held in Vancouver, Canada. This year, the Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia.

Events

There are fifteen events that will be competed in during the Olympics:

  • Alpine Skiing
  • Biathlon
  • Bobsleigh
  • Cross-Country
  • Curling
  • Figure Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Ice Hockey
  • Luge
  • Nordic Combined
  • Short Track
  • Skeleton
  • Ski Jumping
  • Snowboard
  • Speed Skating

I'll admit that I had to look up a few of these to see exactly what the sport consists of. And I'm sure most of you feel the same way.

Biathlon is a mix between cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Athletes race through a cross-country course with shooting rounds placed throughout. There are seven types of competitive biathlon: individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start, relay, mixed relay, and team. To read about each, click the link below.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biathlon#Competition_format

Luge is sled racing. There's a small one or two person sled that is rode feet first. So it's basically the opposite of skeleton where a sled is ridden face first.

For more information about luge: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luge

Nordic combined is a mix between cross-country and ski jumping.

For more information about nordic combined: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nordic_combined

**Watch the Winter Olympics on NBC starting tonight at 8pm ET.**


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