POSTED: August 15th 2013

Six months to go for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

The Sochi Polar Bear, The Hare and The Leopard ascots are ready / Sochi 2014
The Sochi Polar Bear, The Hare and The Leopard ascots are ready / Sochi 2014

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games is less than six months away, and enthusiasm continues to grow as the Russian resort gets ready to welcome the world’s greatest winter sports stars, on February 7, 2014.

The city of Sochi was, in the past, known as one of Russia’s most popular summer holiday destinations. It has now been transformed.

The President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko stated, “The preparations are going well and everybody is working incredibly hard to make sure that we reach all of our targets…We have received brilliant feedback at every stage.”

The stated feedback has come from many athletes that are set to compete in the upcoming Winter Games, after seeing them during the 2012-2013 winter seasons.

"The venue, the mountain is world-class…It's as nice as any of the places we ever go. I think it's going to be amazing to host the Olympic Games here,” expressed Bode Miller, USA Olympic Champion.

The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee was given a chance to test key aspects of their operations before the Games.

“We are very pleased with results,” expressed Chernyshenko, “The test competitions have passed successfully, which was proved by positive feedback from many athletes, coaches, international federations’ representatives, IOC, IPC and spectators. We have efficiently overcome all the trials and can now say with confidence that we are ready to host the Games even in the most challenging conditions.”

Events will be organized in two diverse areas, during the Games. The “mountain cluster” that will hold Alpine and sliding events and the “coastal cluster.”

All ice venues will be within walking distance of each other, allowing fans to attend multiple events in one day. The park will holds the Fisht Olympic Stadium that will host the International Broadcast Centre, Main Press Centre, Main Olympic Village, and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

Russia will be given a chance to experience the excitement of the upcoming Winter Games. Credit for this chance goes to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Torch Relay, set to begin on October 7, 2013 in Moscow. The Olympic Flame will be taken on the longest Torch Relay in Olympic Winter Games history.

"The Olympic Torch Relay is one of the most important and magical Olympic occasions,” Chernyshenko describes, “It continues the build-up of excitement ahead of the Games and, as well as spreading the Olympic values to the whole country, we will be creating, as a nation, an important part of Russian history. I am sure that the Olympic Torch Relay will be welcomed by a wonderful celebration in every city it visits. For one day during the Relay, each town, or settlement that the Olympic Flame visits will become the centre of attention and it will be a unique chance to showcase itself to the whole world."

When the Flame arrives at the Fisht Olympic Stadium during the Opening Ceremony on February 7th, all eyes will be on Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The countdown is upon the Organizing Committee and competing athletes.

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