Once every 4 years it’s time to curl up on the couch and watch some serious athletes compete in the winter games.  Whether you prefer the speed (and slight ludicrousness) of the luge, the grace of the figure skaters or the fearlessness of the snowboarders, it’s all spectacular for family viewing.  But you and your Bode Miller, Shaun White or Gracie Gold wanna-bes can also get out and get a little Olympic action (and history) of your own, even in sunny SoCal…

Still Carrying A Torch

Take a trip on the Metro to Exposition Park. This area was called Olympic Park for the duration of the games in 1932, and the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum was known as Olympic Stadium. The Olympic Cauldron (also known as the Olympic Torch) was built here and used for both Olympic games (we also hosted the games in 1984). Fun fact #2: the torch is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC football games, and while the Olympics are being held in other cities.

Exposition Park
Exposition Blvd. between Vermont Ave. and Figueroa St.

One last fun fact: Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics twice and both times it was by default, as no other city bid to host either the 1932 or 1984 games.

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What sport are you looking forward to catching in the 2014 Winter Games?  Let us know in the comment section!

-Meghan Rose

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