After a rocky start, the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics has successfully come to a close. From the beginning, social media played a huge part in the Olympics this year. Although miles and miles away, the use of social media kept fans and viewers up to date on all the happenings in competition and out. It was also reported that the use of locator apps, (such and Tinder) were commonly used by fans and athletes alike. Although social media was present at previous Olympics, this time around the use was overpowering. Back in the states, fans needed to unsubscribe to following any avenue that would give away spoiler reports if they weren’t able to watch it live.
The opening ceremonies started out with a slight hiccup when one of the Olympic rings failed to fully light up. Then there was the hotel that made the news on a daily basis for their horrible conditions. But, after the first few days, the games started to get underway and it once again became about the competition and not the conditions. There were records broken, major upsets and incredible victories on a daily basis. At the end of the games, it was host country, Russia that pulled away with the most medals overall. They received a total of 13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze metals.
Now that the games have ended and the athletes go back to their everyday lives, what happens to the Olympic village? It took 7 years and a reported $51 billion to turn Sochi into a place of worldly recognition. There is hope that the Sochi Olympic village and all the different areas used for the game will turn into a true tourist destination that will help build the economy. Only time will tell what will come of Sochi over the next few years and we are looking forward to seeing what the future holds.