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  • You'll be hearing a lot about the host city. Sochi is a resort city that sits on the Black Sea. Sports venues are set up in two different areas of the city, and in total, it's costing about $50 billion to host the Games there. That's four times the 2007 estimate by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The 2010 Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, only cost $7 billion.
  • So are the Olympics safe? Russian authorities are combing areas in and around Sochi looking for potential "black widows," suicide bombers named after the deadly spiders. This breed of terrorist is made up of women who are avenging the deaths of their husbands, sons, or brothers who have been killed by Russian security forces. Russia says it has the situation well under control, but some US athletes are asking their families to stay home.
  • If you're all about social media, then go ahead and follow all these Olympians on Instagram. And you'll want to download these essential apps for the Games, too.
  • NBC is airing most high-level events live this year and then repackaging them for primetime. Set your DVRs now for this: ladies' short-program figure skating on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 11:10 a.m. EST and men's USA vs. Russia ice hockey on Saturday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 a.m. EST.
  • If you're planning a viewing party, here are some sporty home goods that capture the Olympic spirit as well as patriotic pieces that are actually pretty cute.
  • Once again, Ralph Lauren designed the Team USA uniforms. They have an awesome, not-so-ugly Christmas-sweater vibe going on.