POSTED: July 5th 2010

Sochi 2014 celebrates three year birthday and rallies public support

Sochi-YES festival was enjoyed by all as a summer Olympic gathering / Image: Sochi 2014
Sochi-YES festival was enjoyed by all as a summer Olympic gathering / Image: Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA/SOCHI, July 5: Three years to the day that the Black Sea resort won the vote to host the 14 winter Games the “Sochi-YES” festival gathered artists, Sochi 2014 Ambassadors, musicians, athletes and thousands of Sochi residents.

The event was part of the Sochi cultural Olympiad and included a number of sport events during the day and an evening musical concert.

Ceo of the Sochi Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, "The emotions and joy that the team experienced in Guatemala after being selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2014 Winter Games are unforgettable. The positive changes that are occurring in Russia as a result of hosting the Winter Games are clear for all to see.

“At the “Sochi – YES” festival we are highlighting our plans to transform Sochi. After the Games it will not only be seen as the host city of the 2014 Winter Games, but also as a modern city: a prime example of hospitality and innovation.”

During the celebrations bobsleigh medalist Alexey Voevoda signed up as Sochi ambassador and received a special diploma.
He said, "It is a great honor and pleasure to have this opportunity to contribute to the 2014 Winter Games. As a native of Sochi I'm very glad to join the team to mark the special day when we celebrated our victory, and the whole city yelled "Sochi - YES".

The day’s festivities also included a couple of friendly football matches and closed with a colorful fireworks display.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · winter Games · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Alexey Voevoda

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