When: February 8 - 23, 2014
Where: Sochi, Russia
The Winter Olympic Games will be held in a "cluster" near the Black Sea in the Imeretinskaya Valley, in Sochi.
The second "cluster" will be for skiing and sliding events and will be held in the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains.
This will make it one of the most compact Games ever, with approximately 30 minutes travel time from the coastal to mountain cluster.
The Sochi Olympic Park is built along the Black Sea coast in the Imeretinskaya Valley, where all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, and the Central Stadium for the 2014 Games.
The start of the Olympic hockey tournaments are getting closer and closer, meaning the hockey betting action has started to ramp up for the game's greatest international tournament with the revelry of the Olympics as a perfect backdrop.
The 2014 Olympic hockey schedules have the tournaments beginning on 8th February, the men's concluding on the 23rd, the women's concluding on the 20th.
The hockey matches will be played in the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Shayba Arena, that will be, a moveable structure that will be used after the games in another Russian city.
This marks the first time that the Russian Federation will have hosted the Winter Games – the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.
The betting odds for which country will win the Olympic Men’s Hockey Gold Medal have been very active at BookMaker Sportbook and have been moving accross the board for about a month.
The 2014 Olympic tournament will expand from eight to 12 teams.
The Men's tournament will feature 12 countries, 9 qualifying through the IIHF World Ranking, and 3 through subsequent qualifying tournaments.
The top four teams in round-robin play will receive a bye to the quarterfinals, while the remaining eight will play in a qualification playoff. From there, it'll be an eight-team elimination playoff to determine a champion.
As well, the National Hockey League has finalized an agreement to allow its players to travel to Sochi, Russia, for the 2014 Olympics and will take a break from the 2013-14 regular season starting Feb. 9th.
The break will last through Feb. 26th, while the tournament will take place from Feb. 12-23, 2014.
The first official men’s international ice hockey tournament at the Olympic Games was held in 1920. Women's ice hockey has been included in the Olympic Games program since 1998.
The game consists of three periods (20 minutes each). There is a 15 minute intermission after the first period. In the qualifying rounds, ties are permitted.
However, win a winner must be established an overtime period is played.
If there is a tie during a gold medal match, there is a 20 minute overtime period. If that also ends in a tie, they use a sudden-death shootout to break the tie.
Get excited all you Olympic sports bettors, we have been waiting four years for these olympic games.
Bet on one of the most dangerous events in each Winter Olympics "Ski Jumping" and view updated Olympic odds on which team will win this event in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Decades before extreme sports like freestyle skiing and skeleton were even invented, ski jumping was the most perilous sport in the Winter Games.
In this event, which made its Olympic debut in 1924, competitors ski down a steep ramp, then go airborne. The best ones fly more than two lengths of a football field at about 55 miles an hour before touching down on their wide, thick skis.
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