(PRWEB) July 25, 2012
At the IOC Session held in London two days before the Opening Ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games, Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 President and CEO, confirmed the continued strong progress being made in the preparations for the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
The presentation congratulated London 2012 on their tremendous Games preparations and provided a preview of Sochi.Park, which has been designed to give visitors a taste of the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Mr. Chernyshenko gave a wide-ranging update on progress across construction and infrastructure along with national projects such as volunteering, the world’s largest ever national torch relay, the Cultural Olympiad and the piloting of live sites in fifteen cities during the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 President and CEO, said:
“It is exciting to be in London ahead of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to outline the positive progress we are making in our Games preparations to the IOC Session. Our preparations are in great shape, with the major projects such as the motor and railway road from Coastal to Mountain cluster now almost 90% complete. This year we’ve hosted successful international pre-test events at the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center and - even though it is summer! - the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center has just successfully hosted the FIS Continental Cup.
“London 2012 will underline that the athletes are at the heart of every great Games, so I was delighted to be able to confirm that Sochi 2014 will follow this by ensuring the shortest travel times ever for the Winter Games where 75% of athletes will travel five minutes or less from the Village to their venue.”
Mr. Chernyshenko went on to highlight the successful progress of the architecturally beautiful venues in the coastal cluster, such as the “Bolshoy” Ice Hockey Dome and “Iceberg” Figure Skating and Short-Track Palace, which have already staged wonderful cultural concerts and ice skating master-classes respectively.
The IOC Session was also given an update on the Organizing Committee’s rigorous test event program, which will see Sochi 2014 will see Sochi rehearse fully for the Games by hosting 22 international test events across all sports and disciplines.
The presentation also provided a preview of Sochi.Park, a winter wonderland in the middle of a London summer, offering the world a flavor of what can be expected at the next Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Sochi.Park, opening on Friday 27th July, will providing a high-tech visitor experience that takes guests through Russia to Sochi via high-tech interactive digital experiences including a 4D chairlift ride up the Krasnodar mountains.
Sochi Park will boast an ice arena which will see the biggest ice spectacular ever to be staged outside Russia, featuring: “Sochi - Small Stories of a Big City”, and starring 6 Olympic and 18 World Champion ice skaters including llya Averbukh and Tatiana Navka.