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Thursday, February 6, 2014

The XXII Olympic Winter Games

Sound the trumpets and light the torch!  The XXII Olympic Winter Games start on Friday, February 7, 2014.  That's right, the 22nd (just in case those pesky Roman numerals had anyone stumped) Olympic Winter Games.  Athletes from all over the world will come to Sochi, Russia to compete against the best in sports like alpine skiing, curling (something fun to watch if you have never seen it before), ice hockey, and more.  On top of that, there are so many fun ways to really get into and enjoy the Winter Olympics.

Learn about the history of the Olympic Winter Games - did you know the first ever Olympic Winter Games took place 90 years ago, back in 1924, in Chamonix, France?

Take a map out and plot points for each country that is participating in the Games - you would be amazed at how many countries have great athletes to send.  Learn more about Russia while you are at it - we have plenty of books on the subject!

Once the games start, keep a medal tally - how many gold, silver, and bronze medals did the United States win?  How many medals did Canada win?  Keep a count for your favorite country!

Track the weather and sunrise and sunset times in Sochi and compare it to our stats at home.  Is it much colder or warmer there than here?  Does the sun rise earlier or later in Sochi than in Roselle?

Make up your own sport and compete against your friend!

We have a lot of materials at the Roselle Public Library that can help in your endeavors and make the XXII Olympic Winter Games one to remember.  So, tie up those skates, strap on those skis, and bobsled your way to the library and then to a television so you can watch these historical sporting events.

Our collection of Olympic materials

The official 2014 Olympic Winter Games website

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