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…

Evegeni Malkin shoots the puck against Slovenia at 2014 Sochi Olympics

Hockey 101: Competition Format

The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) has their stage set for the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments for the 2018 PyeongChang Oly…

Sidney Crosby celebrates scoring golden goal in gold medal hockey game at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Hockey 101: Olympic History

Milestones in Olympic hockey Hockey has been played in every Olympic Winter Games – and even one “Summer Games.” The sport debuted at the 19…