The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kicked off in Sochi, Russia, on February 7. Athletes spent years training for the two-week competition. Their countries hoped for bragging rights. As of February 20, Norway held first place, with 10 gold medals. Team U.S.A. was in the lead for total medals won, with 23 gold, silver, and bronze medals.
Ted Ligety raced to victory in the men's giant slalom, becoming the first American man to win two Olympic gold medals in Alpine skiing. Julia Mancuso became the most decorated American skier in Alpine events. Meryl Davis and Charlie White were the first Americans in 38 years to win gold in ice dance. And for the first time in 62 years, a two-man bobsled team earned a medal for the U.S. Steven Holcomb and Steven Langton came home with bronze.
New events brought excitement and surprises to the Games. Russia grabbed gold in the team figure-skating competition. Americans soared in men's freestyle skiing slopestyle, sweeping all the medals. Germany's Carina Vogt won a gold medal in women's ski jumping. For more, visit timeforkids.com/olympics14.