Welcome to the TA Winter Olympics

By Jonathan Barnes, 4 years ago

We are just under 14 hours away from the start of the TA Winter Olympics, but you still have time to register and participate!


The 22nd Winter Olympics will be kicking off in Sochi, Russia in seven days. While many of us will be spending a considerable amount of watching our homelands battle it out for gold, we're going to be encouraging you, YES YOU, to battle it out here on TrueAchievements in the TA Winter Olympics.

Olympic athletes train their whole lives to compete for their nations, avoid performance enhancing supplements, and stay laser focused on one specific event.

We're going to do something similar... except you've only trained for a console generation, have (probably) consumed illegal (or at least highly-irresponsible) amounts of Game Fuel, and have spread yourselves thin across many different games.

Here are the details on the competition.

How Does It Work?

The TA Olympics is an individual competition consisting of five events in a pentathlon style competition. Each individual event has its own leaderboard and, depending on your placement, points will be awarded and the overall combined point winner will become the TA Olympic Nordic Combined Gold Medalist.

How Do the Leaderboards Work?

On the hub we've got two sets of leaderboards; the official contest leaderboards and then the "Just for Fun" Olympics Regional Leaderboards. The Olympic Regional Leaderboards show whatever region you have set in your site settings. So, for example, I (osubluejacket), will be showing North Carolina instead of the US, Rich will be in England instead of Great Britain, but our esteemed Mr. Pot will show Nepal instead of Crazytown. Again, these region leaderboards are just for fun and, in case people don't want to participate because they feel they won't win, they can at least help represent for their region.

What Are The Events?

5000m Long Track Speed Skating
Scoring for this event is based on the total number of achievements won during the duration of the TA Winter Olympics.

50km Cross Country Skiing
Scoring for this event is based on the total TrueAchievement score earned during the duration of the TA Winter Olympics.

Ski Jumping
Scoring for this event is based on the highest single TrueAchievement ratio achievement earned during the duration of the TA Winter Olympics.

Alpine Skiing Super-G
Scoring for this event is based on the total number of achievements won during a 24 hour period, beginning Feb 15th at noon (UTC) through Feb 16th noon (UTC).

500m Short Track Speed Skating
Scoring for this event based on the total TrueAchievement score earned during a 24 hour period, beginning Feb 22nd at noon (UTC) through Feb 23rd noon (UTC).

Why Should I Do This?

Bragging rights
TrueAchievements.com will allot you 4 years of bragging rights as the reigning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalist of the TA Olympics Nordic Combined. Since there are five events, bragging rights will also be allotted to the reigning Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists for each separate event, for example: The Ski Jumping Gold Medalist from the 2014 TA Olympics.

Something Shiny
Since we all know virtual medals are far superior to real medals, medalists in each event, as well as overall winners will be able to show off their virtual medal on their TA home page to boost their street cred and back up their bragging rights.

How Do I Register?

It's open NOW! Check out the TA Winter Olympics Hub to get signed up!

What's the Catch?

There are some rules.

1. This contest is open to all TrueAchievement.com members who have full tracking privileges on TrueAchievements.com. A loss of tracking privileges on TA will result in elimination from the contest.

2. Only achievements won while connected to Xbox LIVE will be considered for this contest. Anything earned while offline will not be counted towards your earnings.

3. Only achievements scanned into TrueAchievments.com by the deadline of the contest, or deadline for each individual events will be counted. Make sure you don’t forget to force scan if you want it to count.

4. In the case that TrueAchievements.com is down and/or xbox.com is down, where scanning of achievements onto the site can’t happen for the end of the TA Olympics or for any single event, the ranking prior to site(s) being down will be considered the winners.

5. TrueAchievements.com forum, chat, and general posting guidelines must be followed at all times. Please see Forum Policy for these rules. Failure to follow this rules can result in elimination.

6. Only achievements from games will be calculated for this event. Xbox One challenges and Xbox One non-game titles (such as Netflix) are not considered 'achievements from games' and are not calculated into your scores.

7. In the event of a tie for either the single events or the overall event, all tying participants will earn the same placement and the same points will be assigned for that placement.
Good Luck!
Jonathan Barnes
Written by Jonathan Barnes
Jonathan has been a news/views contributor since 2010. When he's not writing reviews, features, and opinion pieces, he spends his days working as an informal science educator and his nights as an international man of mystery.