Sochi Winter Olympics 2014 concludes
Host Russia has ended up at the top of the medal tally with 13 golds, 11 silver and 9 bronze in the recently concluded Sochi Winter Olympics 2014. India, as expected, failed to open its account in the 22nd edition of this mega event.
- India: No medal what-so-ever
Points to remember
- It was the first Winter Olympics ever in Russia and 2nd Olympics overall after Moscow Summer Olympics in 1980.
- A total of 98 events over 15 disciplines in 7 sports were held.
- Mascot: A polar bear, a snow hare, and a snow leopard.
- For the first time in Olympic history, a public vote was held to decide the mascots for the 2014 Winter Olympics
- Slogan: "Hot. Cool. Yours."
- A record 88 countries qualified to compete in the games beating the previous record of 82 at the previous Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
- Seven nations—Dominica, Malta, Paraguay, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, and Zimbabwe—made their debut here in Winter Olympics.
- Sochi is a Russian city located on the Black Sea coast near the border with Georgia/Abkhazia.
- Sochi had beaten contenders Salzburg (Austria) and Pyeongchang (South Korea) to bag the hosting rights in 2007 in Guatemala
- Next Olympics: Pyeongchang (South Korea) in 2018
- Previous Olympics: Vancouver (Canada)
India at Sochi
- The 3-member Indian contingent luger Shiva Keshavan, alpine skier Himanshu Thakur and cross-country skier Nadeem Iqbal initially competed as independent athletes as IOA (Indian Olympic Association) was then facing suspension from the Olympics.
- Ultimately the suspension was revoked in the wake of IOA (Indian Olympic Association) election and athletes were able to stand under the tricolour at the closing ceremony.
- The Games was marred by several controversies including allegations of corruption and global protest by (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) LGBT community for the nation's anti-gay laws.
- Many separatist groups like Chechens and Dagestani also threatened to attack and disrupt the games.
- As many as six positive doping tests were recorded at the games.
A Brief History of Winter Olympics
- The first Winter Olympics: Chamonix (France) in 1924.
- Both the Winter and Summer Olympics were held in the same years until 1992.
- International Olympic Committee (IOC) then decided to put them on different four-year cycles and accordingly the next Winter Olympics after 1992 was organized in 1994.
- None of the southern hemisphere's country has ever hosted or even applied to host the Winter Olympics till date.
- The United States has hosted the Games most number of times (4) in 1932, 1960, 1980, and 2002.
- So far Japan (1972, 1998) is the only Asian country to have hosted the games.