Sochi will be the first Russian city to host an Olympic or Paralympic Games as the 1980 Olympic Games were held in the Soviet Union.
Countdown to Sochi: 150 days
In 150 days, just two weeks after Closing Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will kick-off on March 7 with the Opening Ceremony in Sochi, Russia. The Games will feature seven disciplines of five sports, as recognized by the International Paralympic Committee, for a total of 72 medal events, including men's and women's standing snowboard cross, which will make its debut in Sochi as a part of the alpine skiing program.
The United States will compete in each of the five sports (alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, sled hockey and wheelchair curling). The International Paralympic Committee allocated the U.S. 28 slots for alpine skiing, excluding snowboarding, which has five male slots and five female slots, and 17 slots for biathlon and cross-country skiing. Sled hockey teams are 17 athletes (18 if mixed gender) and wheelchair curling teams are five athletes.
As the countdown to the Games continues, here are the numbers you need to know:
149 hours of live streaming for Sochi 2014 on TeamUSA.org
77 athletes expected on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Team
72 medal events
65 miles per hour is the speed of Paralympic downhill skiers and sled hockey pucks
50 hours of television coverage for Sochi
44 pounds is the weight of a wheelchair curling stone
$14 will help you Raise Your Hands for Team USA
12 cities will host stops on the Road to Sochi tour
10 U.S. athletes will compete in snowboarding
Nine days of competition in Sochi (March 8-16)
Six sponsors including BMW, BP, Citi, Liberty Mutual and Procter & Gamble signed to support broadcast and streaming for Sochi
Five venues will be used
Three skiing classifications (standing, sitting and visually impaired)
Two channels (NBC and NBCSN) set to broadcast the Games in United States
One new discipline, standing snowboard cross, will debut
Zero teams have defended a sled hockey gold medal with Team USA heading to Sochi as reigning champions