Mar 14, 2013
Some 40 test competitions took place in Sochi this winter to rehearse the upcoming games.
IOC Coordination Commission Chairman Jean-Claude Killy has no doubts that the 2014 Olympics will be a success.
Mar 14, 2013
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee has reported to the IOC commission on 54 events. The Commission Chairman Jean-Claud Killy praised serious progress in the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games and voiced certainty that they will be the most innovative in the Olympic movement’s history.
"I am thankful to representatives of international federations for cooperation. I think that we worked off the Olympics’ model. 50,000 sports lovers visited the test events, and this shows that the interest in the Sochi 2014 Olympics is increasingly growing in Russia."
And the first results of the ticketing programme for the Sochi Olympics offer proof. President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko that first of all people showed a keen interest in the traditional sports, including ice hockey, figure skating, and biathlon . However, modern freestyle and slopestyle sports have also caused a heightened interest. President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko says.
"When we did national research, we believed that would be a high demand for competitions. However, the result surpassed all our expectations because the first wave tickets were selling like hot cakes. Despite that I want to calm the fans. Everybody is welcome to the portal."
Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said that 42 test events on 10 sports facilities have already been held over the 5 months of the 2012-13 season. Construction work is 85 per cent done. Of course, like in any big project, there are problems.
"There are facilities which remain an object of concern, including the Kudepsta Thermoelectric Power Station and the Gornaya Karusel Complex. Work is currently being done to ensure that they be ready and tested by the time fixed. All the other facilities cause no doubts."
The IOC representatives attended the ceremony when the Meeting the Future Award was given to the award winners for best projects in sustainable development and green construction, and also for innovative projects. The next and last visit of the IOC Coordination Commission will take place in September this year.
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Mar 16, 2013
The couple’s brilliant free skate helped them secure a runaway 20-point victory over Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany, who managed to beat Volosozhar and Trankova during the world championships in 2011 and 2012. Such a convincing victory turns this couple into favorites of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, says Irina Slutskaya, Russia’s two-time world figure skating champion.
"First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Tatyana and Maxim, who performed at the championship with flying colors and managed to hold take first place. This became our team’s first gold medal in the pairs event since 2005. The hope is that the pair will also be able to perform brilliantly during the Sochi Games."
As for the 2013 Figure Skating Championships’ pairs discipline, the bronze was taken by Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford.
In the men’s singles, first and second places went to Canada’s Patrick Chan and Denis Ten of Kazakhstan, respectively. Spain’s Javier Fernandez claimed the bronze.
Russia’s Maxim Kovtun failed to live up to fans’ expectations and took 17th place, which means that only one Russian figure skater will compete in the men’s singles at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Several sets of medals are yet to be played in the women’s singles and ice dancing events within the framework of the 2013 Figure Skating Championships, due to wrap up on March 17.
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Out of them, 19 medals were won by the men’s team and 9 – by the women’s one.
Russians have also won in the mixed relay.
In the overall ranking, the Russian team occupies the third place after Norway, which won 44 medals, and France which took 32 medals.
The Russian men’s team won the Cup of Nations and the relay race, and the women’s team won the third place in the Cup of Nations.
Gathered in front of the Road to Sochi tent near the finish line of Washington’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon on Saturday, March 16 were (from left) Richmond Marathon winner Irina Suvorova, AARW president Larysa Petrenko, ARSA president Pavel Krapiva, Olympic athlete Firaya Sultanova and first-time marathon biker Aaron Gekhman, who moved to America from Moscow in 2010. In front is Alexander Guslistov, who ran a half-marathon on Saturday
WASHINGTON, March 18 (By Maria Young for RIA Novosti) A group of former top athletes from Russia and other ex-Soviet republics who reside today in the United States have launched a campaign they say they hope will draw Americans’ attention to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia and help warm US-Russian relations in the process.
“Sports for us is not political,” said Tatyana Pozdnyakova, a member of the Soviet women’s gold-medal team at the 1981 World Cross Country Championships in Madrid, referring to the fellow athletes in the group from Russia and other former Soviet republics, including former Olympic and international champions, who turned out for this weekend’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll” marathon in Washington DC.
At a small tent near the finish line on Saturday Pozdnyakova was joined by Lyudmila Petrova, a runner who competed for Russia in the 1996 and 2004 Olympics; 2000 Richmond Marathon winner Irina Suvorova; and Firaya Sultanova, a long-distance runner from Russia who competed in the 1996 Olympic Games, along with others who turned out to support the campaign they have dubbed “Road to Sochi.”
Passing out their own flyers and answering questions from passers-by about Sochi, Pozdnyakova said: “We need to let people know about the Olympic Games and about our very beautiful city, because something like this, it can help relations between our countries.”
That, say organizers, is exactly what they are hoping for.
Though their “Road to Sochi” project is not affiliated with the International Olympic Committee or the Russian Olympic Committee, participants in the initiative say the Olympic Games to be held next winter in the Russian Black Sea resort are a matter of national pride for them and they want to help spread the word.
The project was started by the American-Russian Sports Association “Harmony” (ARSA) and the American Association of Russian Women (AARW). The Washington race was the first of five marathons the group’s members say they plan to attend across the United States this year, armed with their own Sochi information booth, photos and information about the venue for next winter’s Olympic Games.
“The average American doesn’t know much about Russia, and they know even less about Sochi,” said Pavel Krapiva, ARSA president. “So we have information, and we hope people will get excited.”
Sports is an ambassador of peace, he said, and while the US-Russian relationship right now is not exactly “prime time,” he added, “it’s much warmer than in the Cold War, and we want to do anything we can to help that relationship.”
“Our main goal is to provide as much information as we can share with those who are interested in a new form of cooperation,” said AARW president Larysa Petrenko, who moved to the United States from Russia in 2011.
“Sport is the most straight forward way to unite people of different nations and religions, because it’s very easy to understand, it’s a very friendly environment,” she said. It’s a way for Russian Americans to share their culture and heritage and help to enrich their new country, she added.
“We are part of America and part of Russia, and so the Sochi Olympic games gives us a unique opportunity to unite our differences and use sports as an instrument to bring these nations together,” said Elena Orlova, a Russian American with several international marathon wins to her credit.
“We have reset the relationship between Russia and the United States, and we are doing our best to enhance this relationship,” she added.
Orlova had high hopes to win the Washington marathon on Saturday, but was forced to drop out after 16 miles due to an injury.
Still, she said, sports in general and the Olympics in particular have a long history of bringing people together, and she is hopeful that by spreading the word about the games in Sochi, the same thing will happen again.
Several Russian athletes and organizers of the Road to Sochi 2014 project gather at the base of the Washington monument on Saturday, March 16, shortly before Washington’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon kicked off
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MARCH 21, 2012
Russian paralympians have won 37 of 78 medals during the IPC Nordic Skiing World Cup finals at the cross-country and biathlon center in southern Russia’s city of Sochi.
Over 120 athletes with either impaired vision or arm/leg function, including sitting para-skiers, took part in cross-country and biathlon events (short and long distance, spring and relay).
The race has been the third sporting event organized by the International Paralympic Committee at the brand-new Laura skiing complex. The tracks were devised for both sitting and standing athletes, with special posts and markings put in place to help skiers navigate.
A shooting ground has also been set up at the Laura complex for impaired shooters. The range is equipped with fixed rifles and targets standing at a distance of only 10 meters, compared to 50 meters at a standard range. Athletes shoot from the prone position.
Visually impaired biathlonists shoot with an electronic rifle that allows aiming by hearing: the closer the rifle points to the centre of the target, the higher its tone is.
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Speed skater Denis Yuskov
SOCHI, March 21 (R-Sport) – Speed skater Denis Yuskov claimed the first gold of the World Single Distance Championships in Sochi on Thursday.
The 23-year-old Russian won the 1,500 meters final in 1:46.32 minutes, beating 10-time world champion Shani Davis of the United States by half a second.
Last year’s runner-up, Ivan Skobrev, claimed the bronze after finishing 0.14 seconds behind Davis.
Thursday will also see the women’s 3,000 meter final.
The championships are the first international test event for the Adler Arena in the center of the Sochi Olympic Park ahead of next year's Winter Games.
The 8,000-seater venue will share the Olympic speed skating events with the adjacent Iceberg Skating Palace.
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