2014 Winter Olympics

Ceremonies and events of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi Russia run from Thursday, February 6 through Sunday, February 23.  Coverage of the Opening Ceremony will begin on Friday, February 7 at 6:30pm Topeka time. The Olympics conclude with the Closing Ceremony, broadcast at 7:30pm on Sunday February 23.

nbc_sports_footer_feed_logoNBC holds broadcast rights to the games in the United States. Their coverage and times can be found on the NBC Olympics page. A few other helpful links include the Official site , Team USA and the International Olympic Committee.

The library has a few items about the Winter Olympics for adults and kids. Start with Freeze frame: a photographic history of the Winter Olympics by Sue Macy with a foreword by Peggy Fleming. Synopsis: Highlights in the history of the Winter Olympics from their inception in 1924 to today, including profiles of the Olympic athletes and information on the lesser-known winter sports. Also includes an Olympic almanac with information about each Olympiad.

The modern Winter Olympics  offers competition in many sports, including Snow Sports (Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country, Biathlon, Freestyle Skiing, Nordic Combined, Ski Jumping, Snowboard) and Ice Sports (Bobsleigh,  Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Luge, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Speed Skating).

Don’t forget our local winter sports, like hockey. Topeka supports the RoadRunners and the Topeka Youth Hockey Association.


Matt Pettit

Matt is a Public Service Specialist for the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. His areas of responsibility include outreach library services to nursing homes, senior, retirement and congregate living centers; service to homebound library users; the Kansas Talking Books service; Book Group in a Bag program and the history and sports neighborhoods of the library’s nonfiction collection.