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Sochi 2014: Geography and Concept
February 10, 2014 17:34


(Source: http://2014.info/about-olympiad)

 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are held in Krasnodar Krai, the large southernmost region of the Russian Federation with the area of 76,000 square kilometers. Krasnodar Krai borders Rostov Krai in the northeast, the Stavropol Krai in the east, Abkhazia in the south, Sea of Azov in the north-west and the Black Sea in the south-west. The Krai territory is home to about five million people. Due to the climatic conditions – unique for a Russian region – Krasnodar Krai is considered the most attractive resort and one of the most popular balneologic centers in Russia. 

Sochi, hosting 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games is a real gem of the Krasnodar Krai. Sochi is one of the largest Russian resort cities located between Black Sea and Caucasus Mountains. In addition, it was recognized the longest city in Europe (145 km). The city is home to over 400,000 people of nearly 100 different ethnicities. Every year Sochi is being visited by 4 million tourists. Sochi is located on the same latitude as the world’s most recognized tourist destinations like Toronto and Nice. Average air temperature is +6 ° C in winter and +26 ° C in summer. 

The city is divided into four administrative districts: Lasarevsky, Khostinsky, Adlersky and Tsentralny. The best Soviet architects worked on Sochi's beautification in 1930’s-50’s. 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi promise to be the most compact in the entire history of the Olympics. Organizers assure that it will create the most comfortable conditions for both, participants and guests of the event.

All sports venues are divided into two clusters: the Mountain and Coastal, located within 48 km from each other. The Olympic Park, which can accommodate up to 75,000 guests, was built in the Coastal Cluster. Five sports venues (Bolshoy Ice Dome, Shayba Arena, Iceberg Skating Palace, Ice Cube Curling Center, Adler Arena Skating Center), and Fisht Olympic Stadium are also located in the Coastal Cluster. Mountain Cluster includes following sports facilities: Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex, Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort, RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, The Sliding Center Sanki, Snowboard Park and Freestyle Center.

All competition complexes comply with international standards of the IOC and the IPC, and most of them were put into operation in late 2012. All venues will be actively used even after the Games finish, becoming part of the unique heritage of Sochi 2014. One of the most important aspects of successful Olympics is the matter of transport infrastructure. The Games will come to an end, but the sector will keep functioning in favor of economic development not only of Sochi, but the entire Southern region as well. In preparation for the Olympics, more than 45 transportation projects, including 200 km of railways and 365 km of roads and bridges were launched on the territory of the venues and its surroundings. 

During the Olympic Games participants and guests will be provided with 1300 buses and 4500 cars. Upcoming event forced a significant upgrade of the region’s public and social infrastructures. Health, sports, education and culture facilities were renewed and new jobs were opened. 

Sochi will be an example for other Russian cities in creating a barrier-free environment for disabled people. After 20 years, athletes finally have got fully equipped, modern training facilities that undoubtedly will encourage the youth to do winter sports, will make possible high-standard training and holding events of the highest importance.

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Sources: http://2014.info 


Author: Anna Dorozhkina

Tags: Sochi 2014 Sochi Olympic Games 2014 Sochi Geography Paralympic Winter Games Sochi 

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