The organizing committee of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games has presented the competition schedule for the Games being held February 7 to 23, with 6,000 Olympic athletes and team members from about 85 countries participating.
The Games will take place over 17 days and feature seven Olympic sports. Ninety-eight medals are to be awarded.
Twelve events have been added to the Sochi Sports Program. The total number and events and medals in the program is 98, with 29 being held in the Coastal cluster and 69 in the Mountain cluster, 12 more than during the Vancouver 2010 Games and 14 times more than the Turin 2006 Games.
Nine of the 12 new events in the program will feature skiing, with women competing in ski jumping for the first time in Olympic history.
Competitions among young people at the Games have increased as eight events in freestyle skiing and snowboard (four in each discipline) have been added to the program, including ski halfpipe, ski slopestyle, snowboard slopestyle and snowboard parallel slalom.
Team events have also been added in three disciplines – figure skating, bobsleigh (relay) and biathlon (mixed relay).
The Olympic Competition Schedule has been approved by International Sports Federations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and the Olympic Broadcasting Service, but may still undergo minor alternations.