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Sochi Olympic Objects: Mountain Cluster
February 10, 2014 12:45


Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.
The organizers of the Sochi Olympic Games decided to arrange a ski center on the slopes of Aibga Mountain. The ridge itself is part of the ski resort called Rosa Khutor, which after 2014 Olympics, due to its improved infrastructure, will be one of the best tourist winter destinations. The ski trails, which will become the pistes for slalom, super giant slalom, downhill and giant slalom during the Sochi Olympic Games, have a length of more than twenty kilometers. Thanks to the well-known ski architect Bernard Russi, the trails of Rosa Khutor Alpine Center became the best in the world. Complex is able to host about 7,500 supporters. After the 2014 Sochi Olympics the center will be repurposed for a top class ski resort. Thanks to the largest in Europe snowmaking system, Rosa Khutor Alpine Center is able to function up to nine months a year.

Rosa Khutor Extreme Park.

The complex is located a bit north of the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center. It consists of two parts: a freestyle center for the skiing competitions in such extreme disciplines as mogul, acrobatics, slopestyle, ski cross and halfpipe and a snowboard park, where athletes will compete in such snowboarding competitions as boardercross, slopestyle, half-pipe, parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom. All trails and facilities are designed and built with a glance at the latest demands and will ensure maximum safety for the athletes. Snowboard park is capable of hosting 6,250 visitors, while freestyle center provides a comfortable location to four thousand supporters. After the Olympics end, Extreme Park will become a training base for the Russian athletes.

Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex.
The mountain slopes and the crest, which is part of the mountain range called Psekhako, became the place where the Laura Complex is situated. It consists of two stadiums, a few areas of preparation for sporting events, shooting ranges, as well as two trail systems with the start and finish areas, where athletes will be able to take part in cross-country skiing and biathlon. The organizers expect that after 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games the athletes will be able to use the complex as sports facility, where they will have the opportunity to prepare for national and world championships in ski sports and biathlon. The trails will be an excellent venue for such important winter sports competitions as National Championships and World Cup Biathlon. By the idea of the complex founders, in summer season it can be used as a venue for bicycle racing, cross country and orienteering.

The Sliding Center Sanki.

The center where the best lugers and bobsledders are going to compete is located in the ski resort called Alpika Service. The northern slope of Aigba mountain massif was the better place to construct the trail and the finish area, as mountains perfectly protect the complex from burning sun. 1814-meters long trail has three counter-slopes that make it one in the whole world. They are designed to improve the safety of athletes, because they reduce the speed of descent. On 2014 Sochi Olympics, the athletes will compete in Sanki Center in such disciplines as luge, skeleton and bobsleigh. The maximum speed that can be reached there is 135 km/h. 314 meters of bobsleigh track are allocated to the braking zone. The sporting event, taking place in the complex, can be watched by 5000 spectators simultaneously. After the Sochi 2014 Olympics the track will be used by Russian athletes as a training center.

The RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.
In order to make the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center safe and comfortable, the organizers decided to place it in the junction of two mountain ranges near the village of Esto Sadok, to protect athletes from crosswinds. Ski jumping complex, built on the northern slope of Aigba mountain massif became a successful addition to the surrounding landscape and is able to accommodate 7.5 thousand viewers. The complex will host Nordic combined and ski jumping competitions. T hold 2014 Sochi Olympics competitions, there were designed and certified two ultramodern K-125 and K-95 ski jumping hills. Also, the complex includes training K-25, K-45 and K-72 jumping hills, which will be athletes' training facilities. After 2014 Olympics the future champions will use these hills for learning and training.

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Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Sochi 2014 Sochi Olympic Games 2014 Olympic Facilities coastal cluster mountain cluster 

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