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Olympic Games: Sochi 2014

11 Feb 2014

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Current Events, Sport

Where can I find information on the Winter Olympics, Sochi, 2014?

LEVEL: Intermediate

The Winter Olympics are a major international sporting event that occurs every four years, and the 2014 Games will be held in the Russian city of Sochi.

The most up to date information can be found at the Olympic Games' official site; this includes details of the sports and athletes as well as a schedule of events. You will need to click on the top menu bar or on the symbols to access this information. In addition you will find comprehensive coverage of earlier Games; information about the Olympic movement and a link to the Olympic Museum.

Wikipedia has a comprehensive history of the Winter Olympics in general, which has links to more information about the individual games including those to be held in 2014. In addition to a description of the events at the Games there is some detail about the various controversies which have occurred at the Games over the years. 

HOT TIP: Wikipedia has great coverage of many topics, but you need to be aware that this information is contributed to by lots of different people. If you are using this site, it always pays to check the information against that on other sites or in books from the library.

New Zealand's involvement in the Winter Olympics is co-ordinated by the New Zealand Olympic Committee. In addition to the latest news the site has team information including photographs and brief biographies of the New Zealand competitors. 

In the lead up to the Games and during the competition itself you will be able to find reports and results on line at various media websites. We would suggest using one or two of the following: Stuff and Scoop are both New Zealand sites providing the latest news. Stuff does have a separate sports tab, but with Scoop you will need to use the search box and enter Winter Olympics.

HOT TIP: You can also search for news on Google. Enter your search words into Google and then click on the hyperlink to News at the top of the page. They will be ranked with the most recent news stories at the top.

For an international perspective you might like to go to the CNN sports page; there is a further link to the Winter Games and current controversies surrounding this event, such as security issues and boycotts.

Television stations will also feature up to date information on the Winter Olympics so have a look at the sports pages for Television New Zealand or the BBC. With its more comprehensive coverage the BBC does provide a separate link to Games' information, whereas we suggest that you use the search box at TVNZ sports and enter Winter Olympics.

For further information on the Olympic Games, have a look at this great list of resources put together by the National Library of New ZealandYou can also check out our other ManyAnswers entries about the Olympics.

HOT TIP: The National Library’s Services to Schools website has this page of High Interest Topics. Here you can find lists of reliable websites on many topics, including the Olympic Games. The most recent topics are at the top of the page, or you can browse through an alphabetical list of all the topics that have been published. 

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