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Issue 8 2014


Insiders’ View of the Sochi Venues

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With ice hockey by the sea in a subtropical climate and Alpine skiing taking place just 30 minutes away, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are set to be among the most unique Games in history.

During the Games, events will be held in two distinct areas – the “mountain cluster”, which will host the Alpine and sliding events, and the “coastal cluster”, which will stage the ice-based events, as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

This compact setup means that, for the first time in the history of the Winter Games, all ice venues will be within walking distance of each other, enabling fans to attend multiple events in the same day.

Check out a preview of all the Olympic venues below.

Coastal Cluster

Fisht Olympic Stadium

Venue for: Opening and Closing Ceremonies
Capacity: 40,000

“Our Fisht Olympic Stadium, which is named after one of the highest mountains in the region, will be like a theatre. We've got an ambitious job to create the most outstanding Opening Ceremony ever – it will be a unique opportunity for us to communicate the message and show the face of the new, modern Russia through this great event.”
Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO and President, Sochi 2014

Bolshoi Ice Dome

Venue for: Ice Hockey
Capacity: 12,000

“The venue is really impressive. The changing rooms, ice and atmosphere are world-class and of an incredible quality. Everything is great!”
Alexei Yashin, Russian Olympic ice hockey silver and bronze medallist

Shayba Arena

Venue for: Ice Hockey
Capacity: 7,000

“The arena is a phenomenal venue. I think the athletes will be very comfortable at this rink. It will be a great venue for fans to watch great hockey as well.”
Dan Church, former head coach of the Canadian women’s ice hockey team

Ice Cube Curling Centre

Venue for: Curling
Capacity: 3,000

“The arena here is amazing. The quality of the ice is excellent, the indentations are superb, you can predict what the ice is going to do, and the speed is good.”
Evgeny Arkhipov, Russian junior team

Iceberg Skating Palace

Venue for: Figure Skating, Short Track Speed Skating
Capacity: 12,000

“It's a beautiful arena and the atmosphere is just fantastic. Everything feels great.”
Meryl Davis, American ice dancing silver medallist

Adler Arena

Venue for: Speed Skating
Capacity: 8,000

“I think the Adler Arena in the Olympic Park is one of the most beautiful and, most importantly, well designed technical and functional venues. I am sure that fans and athletes alike will love the design and internal structure of the skating centre.”
Svetlana Zhurova, Russian speed skating gold medallist

Mountain Cluster

Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Centre

Venue for: Cross-Country Skiing, Biathlon
Capacity: 7,500

“I'm very impressed by the place and the venue. It is a wonderful course.”
Darya Domracheva, Belarusian bronze medallist in biathlon

Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre

Venue for: Alpine Skiing
Capacity: 7,500

“The venue, the mountain, is world class. It's as nice as any of the places we ever go. I think it's going to be amazing to host the Olympic Games here.”
Bode Miller, Five-time American Olympic medallist

RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre

Venue for: Ski Jumping
Capacity: 7,500

“Here in Sochi everything is perfect – the preparation of the hill, the organisation and so on. The hill has an interesting profile with a quite flat landing zone, and I like it.”
Coline Mattel, French ski jumper

Sanki Sliding Centre

Venue for: Bobsleigh, Skeleton, Luge
Capacity: 5,000

“I really like the track, it’s a very technical, tricky track. I think it is going to make a really great race. The venue is beautiful, it’s good for the athletes; there is an awesome warm-up area at the top.”
John Fairbairn, Canadian skeleton athlete

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park

Venue for: Snowboarding, Freestyle Skiing
Capacity: 4,000 (Freestyle Skiing Centre); 6,250 (Snowboard Park)

“This is the coolest course we've ever had and they need to have more like this. This is the best course; big jumps, that's what we do.”
Nick Baumgartner, American boarder-cross athlete

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