POSTED: August 20th 2012

Sochi Live sites reached out to thousands for London 2012 grand finale

Russia was feeling the excitement as the next host city on the calendar / Sochi 2014
Russia was feeling the excitement as the next host city on the calendar / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

August 20 – The final closing ceremony for London 2012 was a special moment for Sochi 2014 as they are the next Games on the sports calendar. All across 16 Russian cities live sites broadcast the end of the London Games gathering Olympians as well as spectators to relish the moment that the next time the opening ceremony takes off it will be February 7th 2014 on home soil.

President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, "We opened the Sochi 2014 Live Sites well ahead of the Sochi 2014 Games, to give Russian citizens the opportunity to enjoy the events and atmosphere of the Games. Hope that the energy and support shown by thousands of people at 16 Live Sites across Russia helped our Olympic team bring home 82 medals”.

In Omsk, swimmer Vyacheslav Sinkevich, was present to catch the closing, in Ekaterinburg, Sydney bronze medal winner, Olga Kotlyarova, was on hand. Gold medalists of the Russian judo team,  Arsen Galstyan, Mansur Isaev and Tagir Khaibulaev, were at the Sochi site on August 10th.

Seven thousand people gathered at the Sochi Live Site, including the Deputy Mayor, Anatoly Rykov and Deputy Head of the city, Aleksandr Karandin, located at the most popular area of the resort, the square by the South pier.

To celebrate the last day of the London 2012 Games an Olympic Induction and a flashmob "We are different, we are together" took place. Spectators were treated to a Marathon of the Russian regions with performances from the state dance ensemble "Cossacks of Russia", vocal choir ensemble "Voronezh girls", honored artist Aleksandr Shendrik, as well as the song and dance ensemble "Islamey" from Adygea. Then Mitya Fomin headlined the festival alongside DJ Pacha and the evening wound up with a fireworks display as a finale.

In Omsk 15,000 fans united on Cathedral Square and the evening featured an "Orange football" streetball tournament, performances from Omsk cheerleader teams and gymnasts, dance flashmob and a performance from popular group, Secret Service.

In Ekaterinburg, a big concert was held before the Closing Ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Live Site and that was watched by approximately four thousand people.

In other cities around Russia large-scale events took place with the participation of local performers and officials.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Russia

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