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XXII Olympic Winter Games held at Sochi, Russia

  • The XXII Olympic Winter Games are held at Sochi, Russia.
  • They are held from February 7 - 23, 2014.
  • Sochi was selected as the host city for the games in July 2007.
  • It is the first Olympics in Russia since the breakup of the USSR in 1991.
  • A total of 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines are being held during the Games.
  • The games are budgeted at US$51 billion and are considered the most expensive Olympics in history.
  • 88 nations are participating in the competitions.
  • The games are officially inaugurated by Vladimir Putin.
  • For the first time in Olympic history, a public vote was held to decide the mascots for the games.
  • The official mascots are a Polar bear, a Snow Hare, and an Snow Leopard.
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