Skip the ceremonies.
The Olympic cauldron will be lit on February 7, 2014 and will be extinguished on February 23, giving fans and travelers 17 days to experience the 2014 Winter Games. Assuming you aren’t able to make it to the full Olympics, you’ll need to be strategic about when you arrive and depart. Sochi has a permanent population of only 343,000, yet hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes, volunteers, and media personnel will descend upon the city for the Games. If you haven’t planned your trip yet, you probably want to avoid the initial crush on February 6 and the stampede toward the airport after the closing ceremony.
Although the Games span two and a half weeks, some events take place over a handful of days. Just decide which competitions you are most interested in seeing. For instance, if luge is your sport, you can arrive on February 8, see the competition, and leave six days later without missing a moment of the action. Enthusiasts need to consult the official event schedule and plan accordingly. If you don’t care about what you see and just want to soak up the Olympic atmosphere, then try to arrive midweek and skip the ever popular opening and closing ceremonies.
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