The Symbols of the Sochi Spirit in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Little Passports Teaches You The Symbols of the Sochi Spirit in the 2014 Winter Olympics!

The Winter Olympic Games is taking place in Sochi, Russia this year!  Incorporating distinctive cultural details to share the history and spirit  with the world is something the Host and the participant countries love to do on each Olympics.

2014 Winter Olympics’ symbols are unique in every way. Sam and Sofia are going to learn about three of the Sochi Games’ distinctive symbols—the torch, medals, and mascots! Its fun! So, why don’t you join?

The Olympic Torch

The Olympic torch relay heralds the countdown to the Games kicks-off. It delivers the Olympic flame from Olympia, Greece to the Host City by means of a variety of runners. For the Sochi Games, each runner carried a bright and eye-catching, red and silver torch.

The  curved shape of the torch is inspired by the feather of the golden Firebird, a mythical creature celebrated in Russian fairytales and folklore. As per the legend, the Firebird’s feathers “light the way” and bring good fortune and happiness. You could see patterns inspired by the Firebird and its feathers throughout the Sochi Games. One place you would find them is on Team Russia’s uniforms!

The Olympic Medals

The top three winners in each competition will receive one of the 2014 Winter Olympic medals. They are made of metal and feature an etched glass-like insert with jagged edges resembling mountain peaks and the seashore. This design symbolizes Sochi’s unique position between the cold snow-capped Caucasus Mountains and the warm sandy beaches of the Black Sea.

The medals also feature the Sochi Olympics’ recognizable “Patchwork Quilt” design. It is a mosaic of 16 traditional patterns that celebrate Russia’s rich traditions and cultural diversity. It would be interesting to see colorful quilt design adorning the Games everywhere , such as on the torch bearers’ outfits and Olympic souvenirs!

The Olympic Mascots

Sam and Sofia will be delighted to meet the Snow Leopard, the Hare, and the Polar Bear— the mascots of the 2014 winter Games! The Sochi Olympics urged everyone in Russia to come forward with their ideas for the mascots, and also to vote for their favorite ideas from the finalists. Officials selected the top three winners, symbolizing the three places on the awards podium, as the official mascots.

These three native Russian animals represent the country’s spirit and embody the Olympic values. The Polar Bear represents himself as friendly, intelligent and always striving for new athletic heights, while the Hare is a brilliant and smart student.He also loves sports. Tough and strong, the choice of the Snow Leopard, a native of  Caucasus Mountains and an endangered species, represents Russia’s increasing focus on animal conservation. It would be fun to watch the three Olympic mascots spreading joy and Olympic spirit throughout the Winter Olympics Games!

Sam and Sofia is happy to join their friends in Russia to support athletes from around the world. They are very excited to watch for all of these Olympic symbols as they cheer for  the Winter Games this year!

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