POSTED: July 5th 2009

Sochi 2014 celebrates second birthday since winning IOC 'Yes' vote

Mountain cluster work is well under way / Sochi 2014 press service
Mountain cluster work is well under way / Sochi 2014 press service

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Sochi 2014 and Russia celebrated the second anniversary of the Winter Games hosting victory in style with a ‘Sochi – Yes!’ festival.

A weekend gala in Sochi’s Theater Square featured Russian musicians including Dima Bilan, the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest winner and ambassador for the Games in Sochi which was selected during the 2007 IOC Session in Guatemala City.

A football match between the city’s top youth teams was staged at the Central Stadium for the Sochi 2014 Cup and was followed by another game between a Sochi 2014 team - comprising members of the organizing committee and the Olympstroy state corporation, responsible for Olympic-related construction - versus a ‘Druzhba’ team of legends of Russian football.

Two years into the preparations for the Games progress includes new roads, tunnels, power substations and other amenities. Construction has begun on all four of the venues in the Olympic Park - the Bolshoi Ice Palace, Maly Ice Palace, Curling Arena and Olympic Skating Centre. Design work has also been completed for the Olympic Oval and the Central Stadium redevelopment.

Sochi officials report work on the mountain cluster as ahead of schedule. Venues include an 18,000-seat mountain ski center and six meteorological stations in Rosa Khutor which are already in service . They say almost half of the Sochi bypass has been built and that construction of a new 2.6 km integral tunnel has been completed.

All of the 459 contracts with Sochi hotels approved during the bid stage are now considered in force.

The Sochi Games will be held from February 7-23, 2014, and will be the first Winter Olympics held in Russia. Moscow hosted the Summer Games in 1980.

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