3 weeks to go until Sochi!

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Blog | 0 comments

3 weeks to go until Sochi!

With only 17 days to go until the opening ceremony of the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, CK Ski has put together their recommendations of events to watch, athletes to look out for and previous Olympic highlights.

Over 16 days, you will get the chance to see 7 sports, 15 disciplines, 98 events, 10 venues with around 2500 athletes all competing to be crowned the world’s best in their winter sport discipline. With the Winter Olympics being held every four years, this is certainly THE BIGGEST event in every winter sport enthusiast’s calendar.

Pan To Barton Lui has made Hong Kong history, by being the first person to qualify to compete in a Winter Olympic Games. The 20 year-old from San Wan Ho will be competing in the short track speed skating event, held on the 10th and 13th Feb, starting at 17:45 local HK time. Don’t miss the chance to support our local!

A world record for the most career Winter Olympic medals is up for grabs for Ole Einar Bjoerndalen from Norway, who has won a total of 6 gold, 4 silver and 1 bronze in Biathlon over the last 5 winter Olympic Games. Ole is one of the greatest athletes of all time so don’t miss the opportunity to watch him in action, especially as he has confirmed that Sochi will be the last Winter Games he will compete in.

Meng Wang

Meng Wang

The Queen of short track skating, Meng Wang from China will be returning to defend her titles as Olympic champion for not just one event but three! She won 3 gold medals during Vancouver 2010 and also smashed the world and Olympic record in the team event with her partner Yang Zhou. We’ll be watching to see if she can she do the same again this year…           (UPDATE 21/01- Meng Wang may miss the Winter Olympics due to serious ankle injury. Fingers crossed she can compete in Sochi).

 

Watch out for the ‘flying tomato’, otherwise known as Shaun White, from the US. He has dominated the Snowboard discipline, winning two Gold medals in the Half Pipe in 2006 and 2010.

The first ever Olympic slopestyle competition is set for its debut at Sochi 2014, with James Woods from Great Britain being one of the top favourites for a podium finish. After winning bronze at the X Games in Tignes in 2013 and winning the FIS World Cup Slopestyle title, Britain’s hopes lie in the 24 year-old from Sheffield. The Men’s slopestyle will be start at 14:15 on the 13th Feb, with the final at 19:30 (HK time).

Bode Miller from the USA is also one to watch, with 5 Olympic medals, 33 individual World Cup victories and 2 World Cup titles, he is one of the top athletes in Men’s Alpine skiing. The most famous face in the women’s event will unfortunately not be competing this year. Lindsey Vonn, from the USA has had to withdraw due to a knee injury. We hope she has a speedy recovery!

One of our favourite events to watch is the Ski and Boarder cross. Over a 1,000 foot course, filled with twists, turns and jumps, 4 athletes battle it out to be the fastest, with their goal being to cross the finish line first. All the action will take place on the 16th, 17th, 20th and 21st Feb, so don’t forget to tune in!

CK Ski will be providing a daily blog during the Olympics, highlighting the key results and news from Sochi. Keep checking CK Ski.com for the latest. Closer to the time, we will confirm where to watch the action in Hong Kong, so please come and join us!

For more information on the event schedule, athletes, and latest news, please visit the official Sochi website

If you have an i-phone or i-pad, download the official Sochi app

 

 

 

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