POSTED: February 14th 2012

Killy: Sochi 2014 on track with the spectacular downhill ski course

The IOC and Sochi 2014 press conference today /  Sochi 2014
The IOC and Sochi 2014 press conference today / Sochi 2014

The Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort /  Sochi 2014
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: The International Olympic Committee (IOC) just finished their seventh coordination commission to oversee the Sochi winter Olympic Games and Jean-Claude Killy had special praise for the downhill ski venue. The IOC is making a three day visit during the first FIS Alpine Ski World Cup taking place at the Olympic venue.

Coordination Commission Chairman and gold medal skier, Killy, noted that the Rosa Khutor venue was "one of the most spectacular downhill courses on the World Cup circuit."

He added, “The Sochi 2014 venues and operations will be tested, re-tested and tested again over the next two years. We have now seen two of the most difficult sports events to stage on the winter Olympic programme take place on these new Olympic courses.

“The fact that the venues have been so well-received is a credit to the five years of hard work undertaken by the local organisers and their partners, their teamwork and their ability to deliver.”

“We have been very impressed by the quality and detail of the presentations that have been made this week,” said IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, Gilbert Felli.

“The Sochi 2014 team is of the highest calibre and we can see that they have excellent relationships with their stakeholders, which is crucial to the successful delivery of the Games.”

Sochi 2014 chief, Dmitry Chernyshenko, added, “It has been thrilling to see world class winter sport on Sochi’s Olympic slopes this week. We have remained on the right track during our planning and construction to date, with today marking the exciting transition to the readiness phase, in which we will robustly test our venues to guarantee we are fully prepared for 2014.

“Our innovative Hot Snow programme is one example of how we are taking every measure to be 100 per cent ready for the Games. While we’re expecting perfect weather conditions, Hot Snow has provided a successful method for guaranteeing snow covering on the slopes.

“The first week of volunteer sign-up showed us very high interest from Russia and abroad, with nearly 200,000 visitors to the official website and 34,000 applications sent in already. We’ve even received requests to become a volunteer from Ghana, the Dominican Republic and Kenya.”

The Sochi venues will host over 60 sports events before the first Russian winter Games open next February 7th at the Black Sea resort area.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Gilbert Felli · Jean Claude Killy · Dmitry Chernyshenko

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