July 18, 2013 - Leopard cubs born at the Sochi National Park are part of the 2014 Sochi Environmental Strategy for this endangered animal.
August 3, 2013 - The U.S. worries that gay American athletes or fans could be arrested, fined and deported. The Russian law says that it is a crime to publicly acknowledge that you are gay, provide information on homosexuality to minors, or publicly support equal rights for gays. The IOC releases a statement that is has "received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games."
August 5, 2013 - Eighty-two members of congress ask U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to "take steps to ensure the safety of gay American athletes" in a letter by Rep. Jarrold Nadler (D-NY).
August 7, 2013 - A petition with 320,000 signatures is presented to Olympic heads in Switzerland over Russia's anti-gay propaganda laws.
August 8, 2013 - Russian Sports Minister Vitali Mutko states, "The law is not intended to limit or violate the rights of citizens of any country, any religion, any preferences. the law is against propaganda among the underage...I was in Sochi yesterday and all the athletes and organizations should be relaxed, their rights will be protected."
August 9, 2013 - U.S. President Barack Obama rejects calls to boycott the 2014 Winter Olympics unless the law is repealed, saying it would hurt American athletes who have trained and sacrificed to make it to the Olympics. "If Russia doesn't have gay or lesbian athletes, then that would probably make their team weaker."
August 12, 2013 - Russia's interior ministry confirms the anti-gay law will be enforced at Olympics.
September 28, 2013 - The IOC says that Russia has not violated the Olympic Charter with their anti-gay law.
September 29, 2013 - The Olympic flame lightning for the Winter Games in Sochi is a success.
November 2013 - The Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch will be the first one to ever be involved in a spacewalk. Two cosmonauts will walk the torch on the International Space Station in November as a part of the Olympic Torch Relay.