Are you a fan of the Olympics?
My family and I love to watch the Olympics whether they are Summer or Winter. We get excited
watching new and past athletes competing. I love hearing the backstories on the athletes as well, definitely gives you a different perspective while you are watching them compete. This year we are excited to watch Shaun White compete in snowboarding. And of course Figure Skating is always a favorite and this year they have the NEW Team Event. And we will be watching all the Ice Hocky...we have two players from the Washington Capitals competing...Ovechkin on Team Russia and Carlson for Team USA! So much to see........
Anywho this post is all about the Olympics and Russia!
I have some fun facts about Sochi and the 2014 Olympics.
There are Downloadable & Printable Olympic Event Schedules if you'd like to use them.
Some chilly pictures to get you in the Winter Olympic mindframe...course its cold and snowy here so it doesn't take much for us to do so LOL!
And I have some recipes to make some traditional Russian foods and party treats as well!
(that's "Let's Party" in Russian)
And Winter Olympics in Russia...I never think of Russia in any season other than winter so it seems fitting yes?
Sochi Olympic Village
We even have the new DirecTV Genie that records up to 5 shows at once geared up and ready.
We don't like to miss a THING!
So I created a few downloadable and printable schedules of the events if that is something that interests you as well. Remember I made these for my family so we wouldn't miss an event...they aren't super fancy but they are easy to read and follow!
They are below for you to use if you'd like:
The Sochi Figure Skating Palace
* The Olympic Village was built on top of what was a swamp
*Total Cost was $51 Billion (wowza the most expensive Olympics to date)
*Largest Winter Olympics ever, with 88 countries participating
*First-timers are Paraguay & Zimbabwe
*10 Gold Medalists on February 15th will receive medals embedded with pieces of meteorites
*USA Gold Medalists got $25,000 for each Gold Medal in the last Olympics
*12 NEW Events including Women's Ski Jumping
*Sochi is bordered by the Black Sea and the Greater Caucasas Mountains
*Joseph Stalin had his vacation home in Sochi
*Sochi is a sub-tropical climate making it the warmest Winter Olympics
*It is 1000 miles from Moscow
*There are 3 Olympic Mascots...the Hare, Polar Bear & Leopard
Sochi Winter Olympics Athlete's Village
Carry On With Some
Olympic & Russian Themed Foods:
Make Gold Torch Treat Holders...fill with your fave snack food
One of my faves which is a Russian dish is Beef Stroganoff/Stroganov
You can make these with multiple type of fillings...I've only had the meat version
but I know there are many different versions out there.
A traditional spiced sour soup...never made it but thinking I may try it...sounds so yummy!
Another Russian soup is Borscht made with beets...I'm not a fan of beets so I will skip that one.
And of course you can't forget the caviar! I'm not a fan but I know lots love it!
Bake up some fun Olympic Ring cupcakes in your favorite flavors!
Gold Medal Cookies
Make some Gold Medal cookies...have your kids or guests decorate them
with icing tubes and candies! Reward to ONLY those worthy of the gold tho' ;)
Never had these but they sure sound delicious...traditional Russian sweet...mmm!
Serve up some fun Olympic Drinks!
And my fave....a frosty White Russian Drink..mmmmm..perfect night cap!
I mean why not?
If you watch...what is YOUR favorite event in the Winter Olympics?