What's buzzing:

Fourth-Place Medal

T-minus one year: Events to watch to prepare you for the 2014 Winter Olympics

Fourth-Place Medal

View photo


Gracie Gold will skate at Worlds. (Getty)

The 2014 Winter Olympics officially open one year from today. Do you want to be the super cool person at the water cooler who can impress everyone with your Winter Olympic knowledge? Circle these dates on your calendar and start paying attention to the your favorite winter sports right now.

Feb. 20 — Mar. 3, Nordic World Championships: In Val di Fiemme, Italy, cross country skiers and ski jumpers will show off who the best in the world are. At the last Winter Games in Vancouver, the United States won medals in Nordic combined (cross country skiing and ski jumping). That was a first for the U.S. team, so check in to see if they can get a streak going. Also, women's ski jumpers will be in the Olympics for the first time, and you can see who the early favorites to win the first gold will be.

[Eh Game: Canadian athletes taking aim at the top of the medal table]

Mar. 12 — Mar. 20, Figure Skating World Championships: Figure skaters will flock to London, Ont., for the world championships in just over a month from now. It's a key event because it's where figure skaters will qualify for spots in the Olympics. The number of spots each country gets it based on the place of each skater. American women had just two spots in the last Olympics, and are hoping Ashley Wagner and Gracie Gold can place high enough to earn three spots.

Mar. 13 — Mar. 17, World Cup Alpine Skiing: Though Lindsey Vonn is out after her crash earlier this week, the final World Cup event in skiing will be important for American skiers Julia Mancuso, Mikaela Shiffrin and Ted Ligety.

May 3 — May 19, Ice Hockey World Championships: Sweden and Finland will co-host this event that will pit 16 of the world's top hockey teams against each other. It begins after the NHL regular season ends, meaning teams could have some NHL representatives from teams that didn't make the Stanley Cup playoffs. Even without them, it will give hockey fans an idea of who will shine in Sochi.

View Comments (5)
  • Lions roar and keep play-off hopes alive

    BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - The Lions roared to a comfortable 40-17 away triumph over fellow South African Super Rugby franchise the Cheetahs at the Free State Stadium on Saturday. The win pushed the Lions to 36 points and kept their … More »

    Reuters - 6 minutes ago
  • Magnussen to have shoulder surgery, out of worlds

    Magnussen to have shoulder surgery, out of worlds

    Double world champion James Magnussen has been ruled out of defending his 100 metres freestyle title in Kazan with a shoulder injury, Swimming Australia has said. The 24-year-old, nicknamed "The Missile" by Australian media, will need to have … More »

    Reuters - 6 minutes ago
  • Real heavyweight Ronaldo backs coach Ancelotti

    Real heavyweight Ronaldo backs coach Ancelotti

    Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo has signalled strong support for coach Carlo Ancelotti and sent a clear message to club president Florentino Perez that he does not want the Italian to be sacked. Perez is widely expected to make Ancelotti … More »

    Reuters - 7 minutes ago
  • Choi claims first OneAsia win with birdie finish

    Choi Jin-ho held his nerve to drain an 18-foot birdie putt on the final hole to win the SK Telecom Open on Sunday by one shot from South Korean compatriot Lee Soo-min. The 30-year-old, in his third tournament back following a near-two year break to … More »

    Reuters - 38 minutes ago
  • OCA strip Sri Lanka of 2017 Asian Youth Games over autonomy

    The Olympic Council of Asia are looking for new hosts for the 2017 Asian Youth Games after stripping Sri Lanka of the event because of an ongoing row over autonomy that has plagued sports in the island nation. Hambantota had said they would spend … More »

    Reuters - 44 minutes ago