The 2014 Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia from Feburary 7, 2014 to Feburary 23, 2014. Russia previously was host to the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in Moscow.
According to Olympic.org, the Sochi, Russia location is considered one of the most compact Olympics locations with the distance from the coastal portion of the games in Sochi and the mountain portions in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains no more than 30 minutes from each other. Sochi is a city of about 340,000 people in Russia’s Krasnodar Krai, on the Georgian-Russian border.
Esri, the GIS software maker, has created a series of interactive maps covering a range of topics relating to the 22nd Olympic Winter Games.
The maps cover live medal tracker maps to Olympic controversies, detailed information about the athletes participating in the 2014 Olympics, as well as a medal tracker by sports.
Interactive Olympic Maps:
Relive 20 infamous events in the history of the Olympics, from gender discrimination in Ancient Olympia to the “whack heard ‘round the world” that almost derailed Nancy Kerrigan’s.
View the latest live medal counts and see which countries are winning the most gold.
Explore high-resolution imagery showing 11 venues in and around Sochi, Russia, that will host a variety of events for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Esri has more Olympic themed maps available including the Olympic torch path, past host cities for the winter olympics, and ski team maps.
Satellite Imagery of Sochi
Astronauts onboard the International Space Station (ISS) took this night time picture of Sochi on February 14, 2014.
The Olympic flame now burns in the Olympic Park’s central Medals Plaza, which is surrounded by gold and blinding white lighting. The blue-lit Fisht Olympic Stadium, which lies near the south shore, is oval in shape. The Adler Arena Skating Center and the Iceberg Skating Palace are black rectangles to the north and east of the Medals Plaza, respectively, while the Bolshoy Ice Dome is pink and stands to the west.
European Space Imaging has released a couple of high resolution satellite images showing the Winter Olympic venues at Sochi.
The first image is an annotated view of the coast location in Sochi. This view shows the ice skating, curling, and medal stand locations as well as the Olympic Village. The image was captured on February 6, 2014 by Worldview-2.
The second image is of the Winter Olympic venues in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains which is where the ski events will take place. This image was also captured on February 6, 2014 by the Worldview-2 satellite.