Sochi is the largest summer resort in Russia. Located in Krasnodar Krai near
the border with Georgia (Abkhazia). From the north-west of the city is
surrounded by mountains Caucasus. The metropolitan area extends to the
shores of the Black Sea, along the road leading from Dżubga to Sukhumi, the
length of 147 km, making it the second longest city in the world!
Many Russian celebrities have their villas in Sochi.
A massive sports complex is being built in the Russian resort of Sochi on the Black Sea.
The town, which until recently, was a cluster of sanatoriums, will be hosting the Winter
Olympics in 2014. Sochi 2014 is not only for sports, but large-scale investments in
roads, railways and airport.
Russia released an astronomical sum of $ 50 billion to host the Winter Olympics. It's by
far the most expensive games in the history of Olympic sport. This amount is 5 times
greater than originally planned. Compared to previous events, it is $10 billion more than
the cost of the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and more than 3 times more than the budget of
the Olympic Games in London in 2012. According to Russian opposition, the
extravagance hides corruption and theft on an incredible scale.
The ice-rink events will be held in the city of Sochi. The main facilities, Olympic Stadium
and press center was built here.
Olympic Park in Sochi
Built from scratch, the
sports facilities in Sochi
are arranged in a circle
around Medal Plaza
where the medal winner
ceremonies will be held.
Located in the circle of Olympic Park are:
- Grand Palace Ice [Bolshoy Ice Dome]
- Small Palace Ice / Oddball Arena [Shayba Arena]
- Skating Center Arena Adler [Adler Arena Skating Center]
- Palace Skating Iceberg [Iceberg Skating Palace]
- Center Ice Cube curling [Ice Cube Curling Center]
- Olympic Stadium Fiszt [Fisht Olympic Stadium]
In the vicinity of the circle are:
- Olympic Village
- International Broadcasting Centre and the main press-room
Fiszt Olympic Stadium, Sochi 2014
The stadium name comes from one of the most famous of Russia's Caucasus
Mountains, Fiszt. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics will be held here.
Grand Ice Palace, Sochi 2014
The name reflects the size and importance of the building. It will accommodate
12,000 spectators. The ice hockey matches will be held here. The dome covering
the rink looks like a giant frozen water drop. The area of the dome is shiny and
silver by day, while at night it is a huge LED screen on which any images may be
Small Ice Palace / Oddball Arena, Sochi 2014
"Oddball" in Russian means hockey puck. So the name immediately reveals the
function of the place and the Russian character of the Games in Sochi. From the
outside the ice arena can be associated with snow whirlwind. The Olympic ice
hockey tournament is to be held here and in the Grand Palace. After the Olympics,
the building is to be dismantled and transported to another city in Russia.
Skating Center Arena Adler, Sochi 2014
This facility will host the speed skating competitions. The walls of the hall are glazed ice
rink, allowing people a view of the outside.
Iceberg Skating Palace - designed for competitions in figure skating and speed
skating - short distance.
Ice Cube Curling Center, Sochi 2014
It is the smallest of the sports facilities in Sochi. After the winter competition, it
will be disassembled and transported to another city in Russia.