June 21, 2013 9:45 PM
" With the 2014 Winter Games only eight months away, it's time to start getting into the Olympic spirit.
To kick off the countdown, the United States Olympic Comittee is holding its annual Olympic Day festivities, a worldwide celebration that commemorates the birth of the modern Olympic Games. Its mission is to promote health and fitness while reinforcing the Olympic values of fair play, perseverance and respect.
The festivities have been celebrated every year since 1948. While it is officially recognized on June 23, festivities this year will take place from June 21 through June 30. The Winter Olympics return in February 2014, when the Russian city of Sochi hosts the Games.
More than 150,000 Americans are expected to participate in 715 events hosted in 558 cities nationwide. The number of Olympic Day activities in the U.S. has more than doubled over the past three years, and 2013 is set to be the largest Olympic Day celebration in history, according to the USOC.
This year, more than 300 U.S. athletes are expected to participate. The events in the U.S. are heavily supported by the U.S "
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