The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 7 with the opening ceremony and the schedule has a number of great events coming and the worldwide celebration is in Russia this time around and has not been without controversy and the TV coverage will be handled by NBC Sports for the duration and follows many years of the network broadcasting the games.
The Olympics has a number of different sports and events going on and there will be nearly 100 events in competition across 15 different winter sports, including hockey, curling, figure skating, skiing and much more. Sochi is considered a resort town, but the government has been stockpiling snow and the country of Russia won out the competition over Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea and while there has been plenty of drama surrounding some of the stadiums and sites, the event is expected to go on as scheduled.
The events feature a wide range of different sports for athletes, including the biathlon, curling, ice hockey, luge, skating, skiing and bobsledding and within some of those sports are different disciplines for events. Some of those includes in skating, as there is speed skating, figure skating as well as short track skating and in skiing there is cross country and ski jumping as well as snowboarding and freestyle and those should be some of the most exciting events.
From Reuters.com, here is a look at the Winter Olympics and the Canadian national hockey team, who are defending champions of the gold medal and they hired a new coach and he is a former NHL player and manager.
Former National Hockey League player and coach Kevin Dineen was named head coach of the defending Olympic champion Canadian women's ice hockey team on Tuesday.
Dineen succeeds Dan Church, who abruptly resigned from the position last week with under two months to go until the February 7-23 Sochi Games.
It marks the first international coaching role for Dineen, who was fired last month as coach of the Florida Panthers after a disappointing start to the 2013-14 NHL season.
"This is a critical time for Canada's national women's team with the start of the Olympics less than two months away, and we feel Kevin is a terrific fit with our staff as we get ready for Sochi," Melody Davidson, general manager of female national teams with Hockey Canada, said in a statement.
"His experience, both on the ice and behind the bench, will be invaluable over the coming weeks."
Dineen, 50, led the Panthers to a division title and first playoff berth in 12 years in his first season as head coach before the team fell in the first round of the 2012 playoffs.
He played with four franchises during a 19-season NHL career, scoring a career-high 45 goals and 89 points with the Hartford Whalers in the 1988-89 campaign.
Dineen will work with assistant coaches Danielle Goyette and Lisa Haley, along with Davidson, to finalize Canada's roster for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games over the coming weeks. (Reuters)