Believe it or not, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are less than two months away from taking place in Sochi, Russia.
Team USA will be hoping for the same success like it had in Vancouver four years ago.
It has a great chance to break its own record total medal count of 37 (nine gold) from 2010 since 12 new events will make their debut in February.
Besides the anticipated action on the snow and ice in the coastal region near the Black Sea and the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains, there also has been a lot of controversy heading into this event.
However, I have decided just to stick with the sports and preview the upcoming winter festival, which will take place Feb. 6-23 on the NBC Family of Networks.
Back in the day, the Winter Olympics only had a few sports and only lasted two weeks. This time, the 2014 Games will be the biggest ever, with some events being contested before the actual opening ceremony. Also, the International Olympic Committee has taken note of popular sporting events like the Dew Tour and the Winter X Games for a younger generation, and they have decided to bring some of those same events to the Olympic program.
For example, 12 new events will debut in a couple months, including free skiing half pipe and slope style, as well as snowboarding slope style. Snowboarding and free skiing disciplines like half pipe, snowboarder cross and skier cross were part of the past couple of Winter Games.
However, there are some new events for the older generation this time around, which include women's ski jumping, figure skating team event and luge team relay. Recent history has shown Team USA has some of the top athletes in the world in these new events, and it should help the total medal count.
At the same time, most of the top stars from 2010 are back hoping to earn more medals for Team USA. Athletes to watch include: snowboarders Shaun White and Kelly Clark; alpine skiers Bode Miller and Lindsey Vonn; bobsled driver Steven Holcomb; and speed skater Shani Davis.
Speaking of speed skating, Did you know there is somewhat of a Lady Raider connection to one of top females in the sport?
Former Florida Atlantic point guard Brittany Bowe played against the Lady Raiders from 2007-10. She is one of nine players in school history to score more than 1,000 point during her college basketball career.
Now she has traded in her sneakers for speed skates. So far, the transition has worked out for her as she has done well on the World Cup tour this season and hopes to make the USA Olympic team weekend.
The opening ceremony will take place on Feb. 7, but the actual events will start the day before it. The closing ceremony will be on Feb. 23
Do not forget about the Paralympics which will take place at the same locations from March 7-16, and those will also be shown on the NBC family of networks.