Monday, February 3, 2014

Sochi 2014’s Venues (5)

Sochi 2014 will be the first Winter Games to have venues in two distinct ‘clusters’, with 11 newly built arenas set to provide world-class stages for the athletes.

Mountain Cluster:

3.-Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center
Venue for: Cross-country skiing, biathlon
Capacity: 7,500
"Laura" Cross-country Ski & Biathlon Center is located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge, within 6.5-10 km far to the North-Ester of Krasnaya Polyana.
The Center includes two isolated stadia, each with their own start and finish zones, two isolated track systems for Skiing and Biathlon, shooting area and warm-up zones.
The venue takes its name from a turbulent mountain river with a large number of waterfalls, which has its source in the southern slopes of the Assar, within the boundaries of the Caucasian nature reserve.

4.- RusSki Gorki Jumping Center
Venue for: Ski jumping
Capacity: 7,500
The "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center is located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge.
The facility’s location at the junction of two ridges was selected by international experts in order to make ski-jumping facilities harmonious with the surrounding landscape and to protect athletes from side winds.
The complex is comprised of the latest Olympic K-95 and K-125 ski jumps.
The name "RusSki Gorki" evokes associations with the shape of the venue (the ski jumps) as well as Roller coasters that are sometimes referred to as "Russian mountains" in English. It is also plays on the abbreviation "Rus" and the word "Ski", together denoting the English slang word for a Russian person. Nearby is the "Gorki Gorod" venue, where the Mountain Media Village will be located.

5.- Sanki Sliding Center
Venue for: Bobsleigh, skeleton, luge
Capacity: 5,000
The Sliding Center "Sanki" is built at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort, with its track finishing area at Rzhanaya Polyana.
The 1.5km track features 18 corners and a vertical drop of 131.9m, with state-of-the-art ice preparation technology ensuring optimum temperature control along the entire length of the track. 
Mass sliding on sledges, sleighs and snow saucers has been a traditional Russian pastime since the times of Peter I and sledges have always been an integral part of winter leisure for all children in Russia. They are a source of positive emotions and pleasant childhood memories and the name highlights the flavor of the Games and accurately reflects the functional purpose of the sports venue. The word "Sanki" is also harmonious in most foreign languages.

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