Essential guide to the Sochi Olympics

Essential guide to the Sochi Olympics

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Essential guide to the Sochi Olympics

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by Alyssa Newcomb / ABC News

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 7, 2014 at 10:37 AM

From the marquee match-ups to the crazy time difference, we have you covered on everything you need to navigate the 2014 Winter Olympics Games from your couch. 

What to watch for at the opening ceremony:

The opening ceremony kicks off on Friday, February 7 at Fisht Olympic Stadium. That’s when you’ll get to see the 230-strong U.S. Olympic team parade through the venue, along with their counterparts from other countries.

One of the greatest things about the opening ceremony, aside from seeing everyone come together in peace and harmony, of course, is scoping out the fashion.

The Norwegian curling team has already boldly raised the stakes with their funky and fabulous Sochi 2014 suits. There will likely be some other can’t miss fashion moments.

 

(Image Credit: Cassie Kovacevich/Loudmouth Golf/AP Photo)

What’s with all the “clusters” in Sochi?

The coastal cluster is where all of the arena sports, such as ice dancing and hockey will take place. It’s also where the winners will receive their medals.

Less than a 30-minute ride away from the coastal cluster is the mountain cluster, which is located on Krasnaya Polyana in the Caucasus Mountains. The five venues here will host all of the sports relating to snow and sliding.

A map of the Sochi coastal cluster, which is located near the Olympic Village. (Image Credit: Wikipedia Commons)

 

Moments You Won’t Want to Miss:

American ice dancing power partners Meryl Davis and Charlie White are world champions and ready to claim gold at the Sochi games.

The formidable pair will face some serious competition from Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, who edged them out of the top spot at the 2010 Vancouver games. The ice dancing free skate is set for Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. EST.

Davis and White, left, will be skating against Canadian power couple  Virtue and Moir, right. (Image Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images | Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

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