POSTED: March 26th 2012

Sochi finalizes snow test events and BOA spends a week touring venues

Russian luge championship taking place in Sochi / Sochi 2014
Russian luge championship taking place in Sochi / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

 TAMPA: The Sochi 2014 organizers have successfully completed the testing of 5 sports venues in the mountain areas that will stage the winter Games.

Pre-test events were organized by the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of Russian Federation with the help of the organizing committee and over 550 paid employees and volunteers.

A good 14 pre-test events were carried out and the Sochi 2014 team was responsible for overseeing: venue management, track preparation, sports competitions, press-center work, coordination of volunteers, media interventions, as well as dealing with a number of medical, anti-doping, anti-avalanche and meteorological service issues.

Consequently the experience proved to be useful for hands on insight into how to better manage communications, transport and use of Olympic sports venues.

BOA visit to Sochi

A high level winter sport delegation from the British Olympic Association (BOA) completed a five day visit last week led by Mike Hay, in charge of winter sport for the organization. The BOA and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) signed a strategic partnership MOU to work together and share knowledge prior to London 2012 and Sochi 2014 and the visit was part of the framework of this agreement.

As London looks to this summer to launch their Games they are also taking notes on Sochi’s preparations.

The delegates noted: “Visiting Sochi this week has been truly inspiring and acts as a huge motivation for us in the build up to Russia’s first Winter Games.

“While the eyes of the world will be turning to our home city of London this year, we’re also excitedly looking towards Sochi 2014 – which will be just over a year away by the end of London 2012.

“As an NOC, you’re looking to ensure the athletes have the very best venues and facilities to allow them to deliver their best performance. From what we have seen in Sochi this week, our athletes will benefit from a truly world class environment.”

The BOA team took tours of all the following: Mountain cluster and Olympic Village, endurance athletes Village, “Laura” Cross Country Skiing and Biathlon Centre (Cross-Country and Biathlon), Rosa Khutor Alpine Center (Alpine Skiing), Russian National (RusSki) Ski Jumping Center (Ski jumping and Nordic combined), Russian National Sliding Center (Bobsleigh, Skeleton and Luge), X-treme Snowboard Park and Freestyle Center (Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding), Coastal cluster (Olympic Park) and Olympic Village, “Bolshoy” Ice Dome, Maly Ice Palace (Ice Hockey), “Ice Cube” Curling Center (Curling), “Iceberg” Skating Palace (Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating), Olympic Oval Skating Centre (Speed Skating), and the Olympic Family Hotel.

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