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Friday, February 7, 2014

Some Sochi Sites & Info

Sochi 2014 Olympic stuff

The following entry is a range of useful ( and maybe not so useful ) information and sites to use with classes when discovering and following the 2014 winter Olympics. This is just a smattering of the information out there but hopefully it is a place to start.



Archival Information

Hayley Wickenheiser, 15, on her hockey future

Throughout history, "ladies" were discouraged from participating in team sports because it was thought competition would lead to "manly" behaviours. But thanks to pioneering athletes such as Bobbie Rosenfeld, Nancy Greene and Hayley Wickenheiser, young women now have the freedom to participate and excel in any sport — be it track, skiing or hockey. These women not only excelled in their chosen fields but were instrumental in shattering stereotypes of the female athlete.

CBC Archives

Twitter Hashtags






Great Maps- mostly Interactive

2014 Winter Olympics Maps

The 22nd Olympic Winter Games will be held in Sochi, Russia from February 7, 2014 to February 23, 2014. Explore a series of maps that document everything from Olympic controversies to live medal counts to detailed information about the athletes participating in the 2014 Olympics.

A range of ArcGIS on Line Story maps –Great for discovery and exploration- ML

Great Spatial Journal Of Where Canadian Athletes are from ?

Great to use with the concepts of Geographical thinking and relationship to demographics -ML

Interesting Visuals

2014 Sochi Olympics Photos: Satellite Pictures Of The City Past And Present

The opening ceremonies for the 2014 Sochi Olympics is fast approaching but criticism against the Russian host city have surfaced long before the official start.

Journalists stationed in Sochi were greeted to an Olympic village and park still under construction with days before the Feb. 7 start date. Reporters also took to Twitter to share some of the imperfections and stories awaiting them within the first days of arrival in the city.

But to the credit of Olympic officials in Russia, the country has had a fair amount of work to do since winning the bid in 2006. Sochi, while widely considered as a resort town, has a population of roughly 400,000 and sees about two million tourists a year. In order to accommodate the influx of thousands of athletes, fans and members of the media, Russia had to build an Olympic city from the ground up.

And Google Maps has the photos to prove it.

This is what Sochi looked like back in April 2005, a year before it was even considered to host the Winter Games.


Issues & Articles

Winter Olympics 2014: Sochi Problems Now Have a Home on Twitter

With Sochi Winter Olympic events underway, Twitter is ablaze with new accounts gaining traction for poking fun at one of the world’s biggest events.

And the bandwagon winner to kick off the 2014 Winter Olympiad has been @SochiProblems.

It exploded on the Twitter-snark scene this week by featuring highlights of reporting on the infrastructure problems that has met journalists, athletes and visitors upon their arrival and assimilation into Sochi for the Olympics.

The Not So Sustainable Sochi Winter Olympics

Despite Russia's claims, the Winter Games at Sochi are unlikely to be green

Read more: Sochi Winter Olympics Criticized for Environmental Problems |

Sochi Human Rights Abuses

On February 7, 2014, the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia--the most expensive Games in history--will launch. The Russian government has invested in state-of-the-art winter sports venues and infrastructure in this Black Sea resort and in the nearby Caucasus Mountains. But the run-up to the Games has been marred by abuses against Sochi residents and migrant workers toiling on Olympic construction, and by the adoption of a discriminatory antigay law. The IOC, National Olympic Committees and corporate sponsors should urge Russia to end these abuses which violate the principles of “human dignity” and non-discrimination enshrined in the Olympic Charter, and work to prevent similar abuses by future Olympic host cities.

15 signs that Russia is not very ready for the Olympics


The winter Olympics kick off in the Russian city of Sochi on Thursday, whether Russia is ready for them or not. And it increasingly appears that Sochi might not actually be all that ready. Here are 15 signs – some of them superficial, some legitimately alarming – that the Olympics could get off to a bumpy start.

Dark Side of the Sochi Winter Olympics: Environmental Damage

Large-scale destruction of the environment and substantial environmental damage” is being wrought by preparation for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, a Russian non-profit group warned today in an Open Statement to the International Olympic Committee, IOC.

Environmental Watch on North Caucasus said, “Russia, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, the Russian Olympic Committee and the city of Sochi are not in compliance with binding guarantees stipulated in the Olympic Contract.”

Sochi vs. Vancouver: Does either Olympic city really win?

Sochi Olympics kick off, seeking to set troubles aside and celebrate Russia

Yellow water, weird toilets and more problems at Sochi Olympics

The Sochi Olympics are not off to a great start. Members of the media have been tweeting about their experiences are the tweets have not been positive. Let's take a look at what we have so far.

Debating how issues of sexual orientation will play at the Sochi games

Despite global concerns over Russia’s stance on gay rights, President Vladimir Putin has insisted that his country would uphold the Olympic charter and that no athlete will be mistreated. Should gay athletes still be concerned? Jeffrey Brown gets views from Brian Moulton of the Human Rights Campaign and Andranik Migranyan of the Institute for Democracy and Cooperation.

Logistics thorniest issue for NHL and Sochi Games, Fasel says

Logistics are the main issue in talks to get NHL participation in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, René Fasel, president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, said Friday in New York during a meeting to iron out insurance, travel and other problems.



Mark Lowry

Geography and Spatial Technologies Instructional Leader

Social World Studies and Humanities

Toronto District School Board

1 Civic Center Court, Toronto , M9C 2B3

Tel (416) 394-7269   Cell (416) 394 - 6420


twitter @geogmark




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