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Countdown To Sochi 2014

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On February 7 Russia will celebrate one year until the start of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. To mark the occasion clocks counting down the days to the event will be unveiled that morning.

During the evening Sochi will host a "grand" event in the Bolshoi Ice Palace where Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will invite selected NOCs to symbolically mark the sending of invitations to the NOCs around the world.

Participants at the event will include Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov, Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi 2014 Jean-Claude Killy, the IOC's Executive Director, Olympic Games, Gilbert Felli, and President and CEO of Sochi 2014 Dmitry Chernyshenko.

Following the official ceremony there will be an ice show directed by Sochi 2014 Ambassador and figure skater Ilya Averbukh, featuring several of Russia's most loved figure skating stars.

More than 300 participants will take part in the show which will tell the story of the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Games, from the moment the city won the bid in 2007. The evening will end with a fireworks display.

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