If the Winter Olympics leave you cold, then we are here to help.
Ahead of Friday's Opening Ceremony in Sochi, let us thaw your icy hearts with 10 reasons why you should watch the snow men and ice queens compete at the Games.
Lessons in luge
Had your fill of football? Tired of tennis? Then help is at hand for the next three weeks.
Once every four years, mainstream sports make way for the obscure delights of bobsleigh and biathlon, curling and luge.
There is even more novelty at the 2014 Games, with 12 new events joining the Olympic program, including ski and snowboard slopestyle and ski halfpipe competitions.
Slopestyle is similar to skateboarding on snow, as athletes use rails, pipes and jumps to make their way down the course.
The halfpipe ski athletes are also set to wow the crowd as they perform tricks in the center of an icy ramp measuring 234 meters in length and 7 meters deep!
What do you get if you combine snow, ice and high-speed sport? The answer is accidents.
The Winter Olympics provide plenty of "oohs and aahs" for a willing audience as the athletes try to avoid injury, and not always successfully.
"At the last Olympics (in Vancouver 2010) I was one of the statistics," British snowboard cross star Zoe Gillings, who regularly travel down the slopes at 50 mph, told CNN.
"I damaged the cartilage to my knee but one girl broke her back. Other typical snowboard-cross injuries are broken ankles, concussion, pretty much torn ligaments in your entire body and broken bones all over as well.
"It can be quite gruesome."
A study by the British Journal of Sports Medicine following the 2010 Winter Games found bobsleigh, ice hockey, short-track skating, freestyle skiing and snowboard cross were the most injury-prone sports.
But the International Olympic Committee told CNN that, although the severity of injuries differ, a surprisingly similar number of athletes are hurt at the Summer and Winter Games, with 10-11 percent of all athletes in 2010 and 2012 picking up an injury.
Hot and cold competitors
Once every four years the Winter Olympics surprise us with the fact that sizzling nations, who know no snow, send teams to compete on the white stuff.
The A-Z of countries who have already qualified for Sochi includes African hot spots Togo and Zimbabwe, the Pacific island of Tonga and the Caribbean Cayman Islands.
These athletes from tropical nations often warm the hearts of TV audiences looking for an underdog to cheer on. That was the case in 1988 when the haphazard Jamaican bobsleigh team brought some sunshine to the Calgary Games and inspired the cult film "Cool Runnings."
After a 12-year absence, Jamaica is set to compete in the two-man bob after Winston Watts and Marvin Dixon used crowd funding to help pay their way to Sochi.
American ski queen Lindsey Vonn may be gone from the Sochi Games but there is still an avalanche of alpine stars to support.
Californian snowboarder Shaun White -- like Vonn already a household name in the United States -- and Chicago's superstar speed skater Shani Davis are going for a "three-peat" in Russia.
Davis, the first black athlete from any nation to win an individual Winter Olympics title, and White are both aiming to do what no other American male has done before -- win three successive gold medals.