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Sochi 2014 Zorbs Will Highlight Vancouver 2010 Handover Ceremony

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At a press conference in Vancouver, Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Cherneshenko revealed some details of what he calls an exciting and interactive handover ceremony that will take place during and eight minute segment of the Vancouver 2010 Closing Ceremonies Sunday.

An estimated 150 performers including sports heroes, Russian children and Russian superstars from Opera, ballet and music will be part of the segment – as well as an unspecified “Russian Supermodel”, Cherneshenko announced.  These performers will be joined by “Zorbs” – giant spheres maneuvered by people inside that will play a key role.

The Zorbs are intended to reflect the “Sochi universe” and individual universes of all who attend the Olympic Games coming together as one.   At the ceremony, youth and sporting legends will come together symbolically.

The handover will also serve as a final piece of the Sochi 2014 brand launch that was initiated last year and includes a “digital emblem”;  the words sochi.ru 2014 – indicating a Web site to be used to connect with youth of the world with the “ru” indicating that these are Russia’s first Olympic Winter Games.

The new element, the Zorbs, are represented on the emblem by the dot.  Problematic is that the dot in the Sochi logo is square while the Zorb is spherical.  On that, Cherneshenko smiled and said “we will improve.”

All audience members will receive their own Sochi 2014 Zorbs to be used as an interactive element.  These flashing snow globes come in red, white and blue – the Russian colors – and will appear to twinkle as they flash.  The 3-inch snow globes feature the Sochi 2014 logo against a background of mountains and the sea.  On the reverse, “See you in Sochi” is written.

Cherneshenko said Zorb is an international word with no meaning.

During the ceremony celebrations from Sochi and Moscow will appear “virtually” on a “central feature” in BC Place – a first for Olympic ceremonies – to illustrate the theme “Russia meets Vancouver”.

A dress rehearsal is schedule to take place today in advance of tomorrow’s performance.

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