POSTED: January 7th 2010
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Sochi appoints Father Frost for the 2014 Games

Father Frost is the Slavic counterpart of Santa Claus / Image: Sochi 2014
Father Frost is the Slavic counterpart of Santa Claus / Image: Sochi 2014

It's official Father Frost received his diploma from ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko / Image: Sochi 2014
It's official Father Frost received his diploma from ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko / Image: Sochi 2014

SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT / Sports Features Communications

MOSCOW: Russia’s chief magician has been appointed “Father Frost of Sochi 2014” by Sochi ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko. Father Frost is the traditional Slavic counterpart of Santa Claus and received an official diploma for the honor.

With New Year celebrations still going on in Russia the commemoration was a great way to celebrate the season and raise interest about the Sochi Games.

The Sochi organizing committee still will unveil the official mascot three years ahead of the Games in 2011 according to Olympic tradition following a selection process.

Chernyshenko said, "The selection of the Sochi 2014 mascot will be a public contest, inviting suggestions from professional designers as well as sport lovers. In April 2011, we will launch a nationwide competition and select the best entry.”

The Olympic bear, Misha, was the mascot for Moscow 1980 and three characters have been chosen to represent Vancouver 2010 Miga, the sea bear; Quatchi, the sasquatch; and Sumi, an animal spirit. Mascots are characters that animate the Olympic ideals and usually depict a local wildlife animal or a component of the national culture.

"We all remember the important role Misha played at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. I am sure that the mascot of the Winter Games in Sochi will be a similarly unifying symbol."


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