POSTED: May 14th 2012

Sochi 2014 Olympic ice gets first test with Olympian skater Tatyana Navka

About 700 students took part in the test event with Tatyana Navka / Sochi 2014
About 700 students took part in the test event with Tatyana Navka / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

May 14 – The rink of the new "Iceberg" Skating Palace has just been opened and Olympian Sochi 2014 ambassador Tatyana Navka took some young athletes from the winter sports school out to try out the ice.

Approximately 700 students took part in the test and Bosco Sport, provided the uniform for the lessons.

Navka said, “It was a special feeling, going out on the Olympic ice for the first time. In less than two years, I hope to see Russian figure skaters win not one gold medal on this ice.

“My task is to do everything I can to ensure the rebirth of sport in Russia, to encourage everyone to become more involved in sport, especially disadvantaged children from across Russia.

“It was great to see the students of the Winter Sports School in Sochi on the “Iceberg” ice today, and I hope they will fulfill their potential.”

In December of this year the Grand prix figure skating final will take place at the Iceberg which will host the figure skating and short track competitions for the Olympics.

The Sochi winter sports school teaches 14 Winter Olympic sports disciplines, including bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, hockey, figure skating, cross country skiing, alpine skiing, snowboarding and curling. There are 34 trainers working at the school and the main objective is to help prepare Russian athletes for high level competitions. Two students have already been qualified for the bobsleigh team.

SOCOG and the State Corporation for Olympic constructions “Olympstroy” organized the class for the test event.

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