Written by Mallie Woodfin, Recruitment and Admissions Associate
It has been about 1,460 days since the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Olympic enthusiasts rejoice because tonight is the night you’ve been waiting for, Opening Ceremonies. People from all corners of the globe have flocked to Sochi Russia to spectate or compete in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
What are you looking forward to? Ralph Lauren’s uniforms for the U.S. team? New events added this year? Or old favorites like figure skating, downhill skiing and hockey? No matter your interests, the Winter Olympics never lack entertainment, thrills and chills.
Share your U.S. spirit with other fans at local spots around the city. Restaurants are putting their own Sochi spin on things by adding Russian eats to their menus, serving Olympic themed drinks, and awarding all guests with something special when a U.S. Gold Metal is won.
Here is list of some of DC’s best places to dine, watch and root on Team USA:
- Mari Vanna has added 3 traditional Sochi dishes to their mainly Russian menu.
- Kabin welcomes former U.S. Olympian rower Giuseppe Lanzone to Friday’s Kickoff Party.
- Mason Inn’s 14 TVs have said goodbye to college football and have transitioned to red, white and blue.
- The Newseum will be updating their website with notable Olympic photos from opening to closing ceremony. Slideshows of pre-game preparations are already up!
Nordic Skier Todd Lodwick, the first American to compete in six Winter Olympics, has the honor of carrying the United States flag in the Parade of Nations. Although some events have already begun, the Opening Ceremony will air tonight at 7:30 on NBC. It is sure to be a fun, action-filled two weeks. For a full schedule of the events, highlights and replays, visit NBCs official Olympics website.