|Team USA visits Russia to compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.|
What's your favorite event at the Winter Olympics?
Alan Branch – speed skating
Marcell Dareus – snowboard
Cordy Glenn – bobsleigh
Fred Jackson – ski jumping / speed skating
Doug Legursky – skeleton races
Arthur Moats – ski jump
Brian Moorman – bobsleigh / snow skiing
C.J. Spiller – bobsleigh
Kraig Urbik – curling
Aaron Williams – snowboard
Mario Williams – snowboard
Eric Wood – curling
Robert Woods – snowboarding half pipe
Here's a preview of the events:
Moguls – Skiers pass between large, closely-spaced bumps.
Half-pipe – Skiers ski back and forth, and perform tricks in the air. Points are awarded based on the number and difficulty of tricks that a skier performs.
Slalom – Skiing between gates/poles that are spaced close together, causing sharp turns.
Slopestyle – Skiers are judged on tricks and overall performance on rails and jumps.
Ski Jump – Skiers go down a large take-off ramp or jump in an attempt to fly as far as possible.
Half-pipe – (same as ski half-pipe)
Slopestyle – (same as ski slopestyle)
Snowboard cross – several riders race down a course, lined with obstacles such as rails, jumps, drops and turns.
Bobsleigh – Teams of two or four race down a narrow, iced track in a sled, making tight turns and banks.
Luge – One or two people race a sled down an iced track, in an effort to be as fast as possible. Riders can either go down the track feet-first or head first, depending on the race. In "regular" luge, riders go down feet-first, and sleds are equipped with steering.
Skeleton – One person races down the track, head-first. There are no steering or braking mechanisms on the sled.
Biathlon – A combination of cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Cross country skiing race with two target shooting stations. Each skier must carry their rifle on them throughout the race.
Curling – A similar sport to shuffleboard, played on ice. Teams of two or four take turns sliding heavy stones down the ice, towards a target. Other members of the team use brooms to help direct or stop the stone in/near the target (team of 4).
Figure skating – Also referred to as "ice dancing." Individuals or a team of skaters performs acrobatics while ice skating. Points are awarded based on the execution and difficulty of the tricks.
Speed skating – Skaters race each other around a circular track, over a variety of distances. It is performed on two different sized rinks, hence the names, "short track speed skating," or "long track speed skating."
Hockey – We hope you know how this one works.
WNY OLYMPIC CONNECTIONS
US men's hockey team ... Buffalo Sabres goalie ... Participating in his second Olympics ... 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist.
US bobsled team [READ] ... Signed with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2007 as a wide receiver ... Participating in his first Olympics.
US men's hockey team ... Buffalo native, Chicago Blackhawks forward ... Participating in his second Olympics ... 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist.
US Ski Team men's alpine technical coach [READ] ... Hamburg, NY native ... competed in the 1994, 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics ... serving as a coach in his first Olympics.
US men's hockey team ... Amherst-native, Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman ... Participating in his second Olympics ... 2010 Winter Olympics silver medalist.
US men's hockey team – media relations ... Former Buffalo Bills media relations assistant and current Vice President of Public and Community Relations for the Buffalo Sabres ... Making his first appearance on the staff of the US Olympic men's ice hockey team.