The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games

The world's eyes are turned to Sochi and so are ours. Over the past few months we've been following the athletes, looking back at Olympic history and looking forward to what will be the largest Winter Olympics in history.[slideshow:870]

Over 2,800 athletes from a record 88 nations are competing in (another record) 98 medal events. This is to say nothing of the controversies surrounding the games, from security issues, to human rights concerns to huge cost overruns. But when competition kicks off Thursday the athletes themselves will take center stage—and we'll be watching. Will Shaun White take home his third-straight gold in the halfpipe? Will the brand-new slopestyle events go off without a hitch? Will Yuna Kim continue to wow the world in the figure skating arena?

Below is both our latest coverage of the Sochi games and a curated collection from the archives. Enjoy.


Exclusive: Q&A With Sochi Silver Medalist Devin Logan

The Sochi Tragicomedy, in Meme Form

Shaun White Drops Out of Slopestyle

Freeskiing to Make Olympic Debut


Follow the Games Like a Fanatic
Our guide for following the Olympics from start to finish [slideshow:873]

12 Athletes to Watch in Sochi
These Olympians are making headlines and going for gold

12 New Events Debuting in Sochi
Snowboarding and freestyle skiing are getting a big boost this year

The 10 Most Popular Winter Olympic Sports
The most watched, buzzed-about and searched-for events

The 10 Most Inspiring U.S. Olympic Athletes on Instagram
Get your behind-the-scenes fix with these 10 picks

13 Unlikely Countries in the Winter Olympics
It's not just Sochi that's warm. Winter is unheard of in these competing nations.

10 Sports Too Extreme for the Winter Olympics
Snocross, speed skiing, snowkiting and more


5 Things You Didn't Know About Olympic Snowboarder Kelly Clark
This gold medal favorite talks training, hobbies and what it feels like to have a target on her back

The Sochi Snowman
Meet Mikko Martikainen, the most important man in Sochi

Q&A: Olympic Medalist Travis Jayner
This Vancouver medalist talks training, his Olympic diet and sacrifice

Q&A: Gold Medalist Billy Demong
This Sochi-bound gold medalist talks training for his fifth Olympic Games


The 50 Greatest Winter Olympians of All Time
We asked five expert panelists to name their picks. Here are the results.

12 Recycled Olympic Venues
A zoo, a punk rock club and a velodrome walk into a bar... [slideshow:783]

The Best Stories You've Never Heard About Early Olympians
Surprising history behind the earliest Olympic Games and its competitors

12 Olympians Who Made the Wheaties Box
Winning gold is one thing; cereal box stardom is a whole other level

13 Universities that Dominate the Olympics
These American schools rule the games


10 Winter Olympic Sports to Try Yourself
Go for gold without heading to Sochi [slideshow:850]

How to Cross Train Like an Olympic Skier
How biking and hockey keeps one Olympian in shape during the offseason

Exercise Like an Olympian: Ski Jump Training
Sochi hopefuls share an on-the-go version of their strength training routine