(KUSA) -- In February 2014, the Russian resort town of Sochi will host the Olympic Winter Games.
Our sister station KUSA 9NEWS in Denver wanted to introduce you to Russia and its people, and who better
to do that than Anastasiya Bolton, who's originally from Russia.
In Colorado - the land of big winter sports, of skiers, snowboarders and
hockey fans - it's a legitimate question to ask people who's hosting
the next Winter Olympic Games. 9NEWS asked people on the streets of Denver if they knew where Sochi is?
"I do not," told us one passerby.
"Who is the host of the next winter Olympic Games?" asked Bolton.
"Brazil? Oh, Winter Olympics? I have no idea," another woman said.
"If I gave you a clue that it's the host of the next winter Olympic Games, would that be helpful?" Bolton said.
"Could [be]," Andrew Bueno said, who 9NEWS cornered walking on South
Broadway. "A few options. I'm guessing Alps, some of the high reaches of
Nepal, or I guess somewhere in the Rocky range. [It] doesn't help. I'm
sorry, I tried. If you were to look at a Russian map, would you know
where Sochi is?" asked Bolton of another unsuspecting geography lesson
victim on South Broadway.
"It's gotta be in the Ural Mountains because it's the winter Olympics,
correct?" answered Jay Dedrick, certainly in hopes of getting it right.
To be fair, earlier in our chat, Dedrick did know the country to host
the Winter Olympic Games, he knew it was Russia, the first of our
But Dedrick wasn't right on the location of the said Games. The Caucuses
Mountains will be the site of many Olympic events and if Russians have
it their way, a site where the World comes to ski for years after the
To make Coloradans feel a little better, Russia doesn't know where Colorado is either.
"Nyet," told us one woman waiting for her train at a Sochi train station.
A universal word, isn't it? 9NEWS asked Russians in Sochi about Denver, Colo.
"Nyet, how would I know," another man said.
Another female passenger laughed at our question about the location of Denver.
"Haha, nyet, I don't know. I think it's in the South somewhere," she said.
As we know, Denver is not in the South, but Sochi definitely is.
It may be difficult to imagine the host of the Winter Olympic Games is a
summer beach vacation destination, but they have mountains and in the
winter, they ski.
Sochi is 1,000 miles south of Moscow... typically a two-day, difficult drive.
Sochi is on the banks of the Black Sea in the south of Russia. It's about the size of Anaheim, California.