POSTED: February 16th 2015
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Almaty 2022: The media and the IOC cross paths at the famed Medeu speed skating venue

A group photo of the IOC Evaluation Commission at the Medeu speedskating venue / SFC
A group photo of the IOC Evaluation Commission at the Medeu speedskating venue / SFC

The IOC went on up to Shymbulak Ski Resort to see the slopes and to enjoy lunch / SFC
The IOC went on up to Shymbulak Ski Resort to see the slopes and to enjoy lunch / SFC

IOC member and Evaluation Commission chairman Alexander Zhukov received a souvenir from the Medeu skating rink / SFC
IOC member and Evaluation Commission chairman Alexander Zhukov received a souvenir from the Medeu skating rink / SFC

LAURA WALDEN at the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL in ALMATY / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission  took a rare break from their site inspections to pose for a brief group photo in front of about 50 international media today at the Medeu skating rink.

The IOC commission, led by Russian Deputy Prime minister, Alexander Zhukov, has a protocol not to take interviews with the press on evaluation visits and only gives a final assessment to the press at the end of the four day inspection.

However, from their smiles and relaxed body language as they lined up for a team photo, they seemed to be enjoying themselves and the beautiful sunkissed afternoon on the slopes of the Medeu Cluster.

After a tour of the famed Medeu skating rink, home to over 120 world records and known for its excellent altitude at 1,700m above sea level, the IOC then climbed aboard the lifts and glided up the mountains to the Shymbulak resort.

Shymbulak will be home to the women's and men's downhill, Super-G, and Super Combined should Almaty win the 2022 Games and was completely modernized in 2010 for the Asian Games. 

Known for its excellent powdery snow, the top of the slopes reach 3,163m and the resort area offers two hotels and three restaurants and a number of hillside villas for rent. 

The charming resort area can boast that they have the sun shining 300 days a year offering optimal tourism conditions for skiers and snow lovers. Pristine slopes and inviting outdoor coffee shops complete with fur throws are an immediate tourism attraction and the area was buzzing with families and winter sports enthusiasts.  


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