Sochi 2014 - Venues Updates Gallery
Posted 23 January 2013 - 12:06 AM
Posted 23 January 2013 - 08:28 AM
The “mountain cluster” of venues that will be used during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games look set to provide a lasting legacy for the local region – and Russia as a whole.
Located in Krasnaya Polyana, approximately 40km from Sochi, the newly-built mountain venues will be home to all the skiing and sliding sports during Sochi 2014. After the Games, many of the venues will continue to host major international competitions, such as World Cup events, while also providing modern facilities for the region.
The RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre, Sanki Sliding Centre and Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, for example, will all become national training centres, providing world-class facilities for Russia’s next generation of Olympians.
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Centre, meanwhile, which will host the Alpine skiing events during Sochi 2014, will become part of a major new ski resort.
Prior to its successful bid for the Games, Sochi was more widely known as one of Russia’s most popular summer holiday resorts, but the new facilities that have been constructed – such as those at Rosa Khutor – will see it become an important winter destination as well.
"The key achievement of the Sochi Winter Games will be that Sochi is no longer regarded simply as a summer resort, but as a place where people can visit all year round,” said Sochi mayor Anatoly Pakhomov in November 2012. “Sochi has 300 days of sunshine a year. It has a unique sub-tropical climate, so in March and April you can come skiing here and still find people sunbathing on the coast. It can be 10 or 15 degrees below freezing in Krasnaya Polyana and 15 degrees on the coastline.”
"This is really a unique place,” Pakhomov added. “Sochi has always had the capacity to be an all-round resort, not just the most popular Russian summer resort. We never had the infrastructure or the conditions to make it happen before – but the Winter Games have prompted us to take that opportunity.”
Previously, the limited infrastructure in the mountains of the Krasnaya Polyana region made it difficult for visitors to take advantage of the excellent skiing conditions.
As a result of hosting the Winter Games, however, a high-speed train line has been built – linking the region with Sochi – while a new resort has also been developed in Rosa Khutor, with shops, restaurants and international hotel chains all due to open in the coming months. After the Games, it is hoped that Rosa Khutor will become a major ski destination for both Russian and overseas holidaymakers – providing another long-lasting legacy from the Games.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 12:16 AM
Sochi 2014 Resort
MOSCOW, January 27 (R-Sport) - The Olympic legacy of Sochi 2014 could include a near-abandoned resort and elite cross-country skiers forced to live in temporary builders' accommodation due to costs, a senior official said Sunday.
Organizers say Sochi will become the heart of Russian winter sport after the games, with the mountain resorts attracting elite skiers and tourists alike, but Russia's cross-country ski federation president said tourists were unlikely to travel to the resort and athletes would be priced out of the new hotel complex.
“At the moment, there’s no accommodation we can afford. If it’s like that in the future, then it’ll be a luxury even for the national team to spend that sort of money,” Elena Valbe said.
“There should be an Olympic legacy, or otherwise who will need these runs? Tourists won’t be coming here to ski.”
Olympic cross-country skiing and biathlon will take place at the Gazprom-built "Laura" complex on a plateau of the Psekhako Ridge near Krasnaya Polyana.
The complex is equipped to host up to 8,000 spectators.
Initial plans were for a transformation into a hotel and year-round training facility after the Games.
Valbe said her federation and the Russian Biathlon Union were in talks with the government to keep a temporary accommodation block used by builders as a place for athletes to live after the games.
“If they come to a compromise with us, that complex will be a good place for training camps,” she said.
Building work could prevent Russia’s cross-country skiers enjoying much home advantage next year by reducing their opportunities to train, Valbe added.
Posted 31 January 2013 - 09:16 PM
The venues are quite spectacular.
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