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Wow, the curing venue is ugly as sin.

Anyway, despite the terrible snow/ice conditions the half-pipe/moguls/aerials venue and the slidin centre both seem to be getting rave reviews by athletes. The sliding centre is being favourably compared to Cessana Pariole.

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Sotchi isn't a very good choice, and Athletes seems think like me... But I prefer don't speak with stupid people like you.

Well, depends. The apline skiers seemed okay with the test event two years ago (some grumbling about the downhill course, but a lot of it was with the setup rather than the hill, and that's out of the organizer's control), the cross country skiing area looked okay, the ski jumping event was held too early in the season to really judge, the nordic combined athletes love their venue, the sliding centre is getting raved reviews from athletes and the ice venues look okay enough. Heck, even the half-pipe skiers / snowboarders love their venue, and I'm not sure if you saw the conditions they had but it was dreadfull.

There are weather concerns, but frankly Vancouver had the same kind of issues. And even if the area is less than ideal for some sports, it doesn't change the fact that most of the venues are absolutely top notch.

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World Cup stars shine at Sochi Sliding Centre


©Sochi 2014


Sochi’s Sanki Sliding Centre has been given a glimpse of what it can expect to see during next year’s Olympic Winter Games, with bobsleigh and skeleton stars taking to the track from 15-17 February for the final event of the 2012/13 FIBT World Cup season.

The Olympic venue – which is the first international bobsleigh and skeleton track in Russia – saw two-time world skeleton champion Martins Dukurs clinch his fourth successive World Cup title, after the Latvian won the final race of the season ahead of 2013 world champion Alexander Tretyakov, of Russia. Germany’s Frank Rommel finished third.

American Noelle Pikus-Pace finished ahead of her compatriot Katie Uhlaender to win the women’s skeleton race, with Germany’s Olympic bronze medallist Anja Huber finishing third. Huber’s compatriot Marion Thees took fourth place to secure the 2012/13 World Cup title.

The two-man bobsleigh race was dominated by Switzerland’s Beat Hefti and Thomas Lamparter, who took victory ahead of Germany’s Thomas Florschütz and Andreas Bredau, with Latvia’s Oskars Melbardis and Daumants Dreiskens finishing third.

Russia’s Alexander Zubkov and Dmitry Trunenkov shared fourth place with the bob of Canada’s Lyndon Rush to become the overall World Cup champions.

Zubkov also took the four-man World Cup title after finishing third in the Sochi race, with Oskars Melbardis guiding his Latvian team to its first World Cup victory in a time of 1:52.29 minutes – 0.02 seconds ahead of Thomas Florschuetz’s German team.

In the women’s bobsleigh race, Canada’s Kaillie Humphries and Chelsea Valois finished third to win the overall World Cup title, with Sandra Kiriasis and Franziska Bertels, of Germany, topping the podium in Sochi and Elana Meyers and Aja Evans, of USA, finishing second.

The FIBT World Cup was the first major event to be held at the Sanki Sliding Centre, which will stage the bobsleigh and skeleton events during the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The Olympic track – which winds its way for 1,814m across the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, near the village of Krasnaya Polyana – won praise from many of the World Cup competitors, who are already looking forward to returning to the venue for next year’s Winter Games.

“It’s a really fun track, I really enjoyed it,” said Great Britain’s Elizabeth Yarnold, who finished fourth overall in the 2012/13 Skeleton World Cup. “I am really impressed – the structure of the track is done really-really well. It’s also being covered, which is important for us to know that it’ll be dry and warm. I think the track is fantastic. I can’t wait until the Olympic Winter Games.”

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

Race winner Valois echoed Yarnold’s and Fairbairn’s thoughts as she said: “I am excited to come back here next year.”

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The skicross / snowboardcross course looks nice enough, quite reminescent of the one in Vancouver but with the adition of banked jumps.

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Russian article translated by Google:

Sochi 2014 will smell of mimosa

14:12 / 05.03.2013


Photo: Getty Images / Fotobank.ru

Sochi Olympics got its flavor - Winter Games - 2014 smell of mimosa. It is these flowers will decorate the city to the beginning of the competition. Meanwhile, around sports stadiums is building, growing mimosa have in greenhouses. Landscapers are sure will be another flower symbol of the Olympic Games.

At almost every intersection Adler now - flower markets. Branches of mimosa brought here from Abkhazia or just tear off a nearby tree. Is a brisk trade - and so in all the Sochi region. "Generally, this plant has come to us from Australia and, of course, when we have winter - summer in Australia. And hence it is logical to why it is now in such profuse," - says a Methodist of Environmental Education of Sochi National Park Marina Ditmarova.

Specialist National Park says that mimosa and scientifically "silver acacia", Russia has taken root only in Sochi . The tree grows up to 20 meters in height, botanists believed just a useless weed, while yellow winter buds do not become popular, according to "Times Online" .

These bright, soft, fluffy and fragrant flowers from here in Sochi, disperse throughout Russia. They have long been a recognized symbol of spring. But soon here in the Olympic Park, there will be so many that mimosa become another symbol of the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi .

Now sports palaces in the Imereti lowland surrounded by construction equipment. But in a special nursery near the construction site is growing a forest, a team of landscapers handle flower plantation.

For plants that will adorn the Sochi next winter, in the nursery followed for two years - so much time is needed for acclimatization . Even mimosa here were imported from foreign enterprises. Such a number of tropical plants in Russia to take anywhere. Will be planted about 80,000 perennials, about a thousand trees and shrubs around 60,000. Near the wattle - African palm and Russian cranberry, a little further - Japanese shrub thickets. Now here already blooming gardens.

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I would also argue that even though the curling venue appears to be very plain appearance right now, that it will likely change once everything is spruced up for the actual Olympic Games next February. I remember seeing the curling venue in the first time in Vancouver and I had no idea how they were planning to fit 6,000 people on metal bleachers, but by the time the games rolled around, the venue was absolutely transformed into the spectacle that we saw it to be, it was a stunning venue, though definitely not perfect (the portapoties... yick), so I think we will see it much more colorful and lively come next February.

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