Cross-country racers cross a man-made bridge donning Olympic rings during the 2006 Torino Olympic Games

Cross-Country 101: Olympic history

1924 Chamonix Thorleif Haug led a Norwegian sweep of the top four spots in the 50km race, crossing the finish line with a time of 3 hours, 4…

Close up of cross-country skis being carried by athletes at Sochi Olympics

Cross-Country 101: Equipment

Skis Cross-country skiers race on skis just two inches wide. Much thinner than their alpine counterparts where downhill, Super-G, giant slal…

Giant Olympic Rings on cross-country race course in Sochi with skiers racing

Cross-Country 101: Vocabulary from X-C

Classical technique Kick-and-glide cross-country skiing technique distinguished by diagonal stride, keeping the skis parallel to one another…

Referee prepares to drop the puck for a face-off at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games

Hockey 101: NHL vs. Olympic game changers

Is bigger actually better? Olympic ice hockey is played on a rink roughly 200 feet long by 98 feet wide. That’s a just about ten more feet l…

Team USA men's hockey players at practice in Sochi, Russia

Hockey 101: Vocab of the rink rats

Positions Center Acts as the quarterback of the offensive forwards on the ice. Defense Two defenders make up a defensive line. Defenders hel…

Referee tries to break up a fight between Slovenia and Slovakia men's hockey players at 2014 Sochi Olympics

Hockey 101: Penalties and punishments

Duration of Penalties Minor/Bench-minor penalty Two minutes in the box is required for minor penalties. If the opposition scores a goal on t…