luge Armin ZoegglerThe  XXll Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to open in Sochi Russia on February 7, 2014. The main events are scheduled at the Sochi Olympic Park on the coast of the Black Sea and the ski resort of Krasnaya Polyana in the Western Caucasus. Italy will send 113 athletes to compete in ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, curling, biathlon, X-country, alpine and freestyle skiing,  ski jumping and Nordic combined, snowboarding , bobsleigh, luge and skeleton.

Speaking the language of the Winter Olympics in Italian begins with the pronunciation of Sochi (Sochee) pronounced So- key in Italian. In the Italian language ch has the sound of a k as in the word Chianti. So So-chee is So-key. Here are a few other translated words for watching the games like an Italian.

The Olympic Games –  i giochi olimpici

Athlete  – atleta

Winter sport – sport invernale

Black Sea – mar nero

Ski resort –  stazione sciistica

Figure skating  – pattinaggio artistico, pattinaggio figura

Ice Hockey –hockey sul ghiaccio

Cross- country skiing – sci di fondo

Alpine skiing  –  sic di alpino

Ski jumping – salto

Bobsleigh – bob

Curling – curling

Snowboarding –  snowboarding

Luge – luge or slittino which means to swerve


*Italians know a bit about the Olympics, hosting the Winter Games at Turin in 2006 and Cortina d’Ampezzo in 1956 and the Summer Games in Rome in 1960. Winning a total of 235 gold medals makes Italy the 5th most successful country in Olympic history. The Italians will certainly be watching the XXll Winter Olympics to see Armin Zoeggeler compete in the luge. At  age 40, Zoeggler is regarded as the greatest luger in history looking to win his sixth medal at the Sochi Winter Olympics.


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