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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. 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). It is located on the same latitude as the worlds most recognized tourist destinations like Toronto and Nice.


Mountain Cluster includes Rosa Khutor Alpine Center, Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, Laura Biathlon & Ski Complex, Sliding Center Sanki, and RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.


Coastal Cluster includes Adler Arena, Shayba Ice Arena, Ice Cube Curling Center, Bolshoy Ice Dome, and Fisht Olympic Stadium.


Top designers, engineers and architects worked on the design and construction of the arenas, ski slopes, trails and other sports facilities to make the competitions in Sochi as safe as possible, beautiful and memorable. The map of Olympic venues in Sochi is divided in two parts: the mountain and coastal clusters, where all eleven sports facilities of Sochi 2014 Olympics are located.


The creators of the Sochi 2014 Olympics logo were given simple and at the same time incredibly difficult task to display in a small logo the modern generation of Russia. They also pondered quite a long time on what will be the motto of Sochi 2014.


Russia-IC helps you to follow the results of your country at Winter Olympic 2014 Games in Sochi and celebrate each gained Olympic medal. We present daily updates of all medal winners and a general medal count for each nation.


It is now easier than ever to follow Winter Olympic Games in Sochi 2014 with our daily updates. This article will inform you about all important Olympic events and competitions which are set for today. Check it up daily and you won't miss anything interesting. There is also a big official calendar for all Olympic days.


Lots of internationally popular modern sport games had their local versions rooted in Old Russian traditions. Some of them survived, others were partly revived and transformed beyond recognition.


Russia is a sportive country. Within a short time the Russians mastered dozens of sports and gained international recognition by that, but at the same time forgot the native sport games played by many generations of ancestors.


The Polar Bear lives in an ice igloo beyond distant Arctic Circle. His house is built entirely from ice and snow. Leopard stays on the branches of a huge tree growing on a snowy rock in the Caucasus Mountains. He is a rescuer by vocation and is always ready to help. There is a rumor that he helped more than once to protect foothill villages from avalanches, for which he was awarded an honorary Sochi 2014 emblem. Zaika is famous for being the most active dweller of the Olympic Village. Everyone is wondering how does she manage to be everywhere?! Find more stories here about Sochi 2014 Olympics Mascots.


The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Sochi will be held on Friday, February 7. Not all the Russian citizens will be able to see the great show and following competitions first-hand. Where to watch the Olympic Games' broadcasts: at home or on roadside large screens? Find it here.


Russia-IC is launching its 2014 Olympic coverage. Get more news when the Games start on our website and Facebook account. Send us your pictures from sports venues, selfies from around Sochi and menus from the hotels where you stay.


32nd All-Russian "Ski-track of Russia" mass ski race will be held on February 2, 2014. "Ski Track of Russia" has been held annually since 1982 and is always celebrated as a great winter holiday.


Fabio Capello will stay with Russia for the 2018 World Cup that the country will host. The national team manager has extended his contract with the Russian Football Union for another four years.


The Olympic Games in Sochi will set a new record in costs, surpassing Beijings price tag of $40 billion.


Moscow and St. Petersburg will become the first cities in a world concert tour of Nitro Circus Live, which means that Russian viewers will have a unique chance to see the whole show earlier than anyone else. The show brought together the most risky and fearless extreme athletes in the world. The best of them will come to Russia. Riders will demonstrate the branded tricks of the team, as well as the latest achievements, claiming to become incredible world records.


"Active City" Festival to be held on August 31, 2013 on Sparrow Hills observation platform in Moscow. Bicycle flash mob, that in turn will unite all cyclists with colors of Russian tricolor, is the key event of the festival. On this day, columns of about a thousand cyclists, wearing white, blue and red shirts will ride their bikes through Moscow streets.


September 15, 2013 Moscow will be hosting the first genuine city marathon. The fact that all comers can join the Moscow Marathon makes it special this is a tribute and farewell to the part of Moscow sports history.


Moscow City Racing, the world's largest urban auto motor show was held in Moscow for the 6-th time. Traditionally, the most distinguished F-1 teams took part in demonstration runs around the Kremlin.


The VII Moscow Velonotte gathered bike tour devotees together. Participants deeped into centuries from Dyakovo fort to present days to rediscover the capital, so modern and unknown. Velonotte was timed to 120-th anniversary of Vladimir Mayakovsky.


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