|XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.|
International Olympic Committee has chosen Sochi as the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics officially known as the XXII Olympic Winter Games. This event will be held from February 7 to February 23, 2014. The Olympics-2014 will be organized within two clusters, a coastal cluster in Sochi and a mountain cluster in Krasnaya Polyana, which are located in Krasnodar region on the South of Russia.
Russia has an almost 100 year commitment to the Olympic Movement, is one of the great winter sports powers with 293 medals over 12 Olympic Winter Games and is renowned for its sporting excellence and quality of its athletes. This will be the first time that the Russian Federation will host the Olympics; after the Soviet Union hosted the 1980 Summer Olympic Games in Moscow which attracted over 5 mln spectators. During Olympics-1980 new Olympic records were set 241 times over the course of the competitions and world records were beaten 97 times. Tourist services and accommodation for the athletes and visitors of Moscow Olympics in 1980 were provided by Intourist. Intourist also was a partner of Winter Olympics in Saraevo-1984 and First Goodwill games in Moscow-1986. Intourist hosted the official delegation of International Olympic Committee while their visit to Moscow in 2001.
There is no need to wait until Olympics will start to visit Sochi. As a major Russian resort Sochi attracts visitors all over the year. The climate in Sochi is subtropical and the city usually has 200 sunny days a year. The average summer temperature is +24° C and +5° C in the winter. You can swim in the sea from April until October, and go skiing from October through May. There are no large industrial facilities in the Sochi area, so the air quality, especially in Krasnaya Polyana area, is considered among the very best in the world.
Sochi is a multicultural city of 400,000 inhabitants representing more than 100 nationalities. Often referred to as the “Russian Riviera”, Sochi has a rich heritage as the nation’s major Black Sea port city, resort destination and a prominent cultural centre. Sochi is the largest resort region of the Russian Federation. It stretches for 147 km along the Black Sea coast of the Krasnodar region and includes the Krasnaya Polyana mountain resort area. Set between the golden shores of the Black Sea and the soaring snow-capped Caucasus mountains, Sochi offers visitors a unique taste of coastal and mountain living, all with a distinct Russian flavor.
Set in a spectacular location Sochi is honored to invite the world to a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of winter sport at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games. The Games will create a world-class resort destination where millions of winter sport enthusiasts from around the world will have the opportunity to enjoy brand-new, affordable facilities built for the sport of the 21st Century. The Sochi Olympic Park with Olympic Stadium will be built along the Black sea coast. The transportation infrastructure, being prepared to support the Olympics, includes new airport, many roads, tunnels, bridges, Sochi light metro between Adler and Krasnaya Polyana.
The literal translation of Krasnaya Polyana is Beautiful Glade. It is a settlement near Sochi where Russian Prime-minister Vladimir Putin’s favorite ski resort is sited against the scenic backdrop of the Caucasus Mountains. The resort is slated to host the snow events during the Olympics 2014 in Sochi.