The Coastal Cluster’s main venue is the Olympic Park, which was built from scratch in a picturesque valley, lying between the snow-covered mountains and the shores of the Black Sea.
The Olympic Park has made Sochi 2014 the most compact Winter Games ever, with key sporting facilities situated within walking distance from each other. The 40,000-strong Fisht Olympic Stadium is hosting the opening and closing ceremonies of the Games. It has a transparent roof to provide the spectators in the stands with a great view at the Fisht Mountain, which gave its name to the facility.
GUESTS TO SEE OPENING CEREMONY
The events of the much-anticipated hockey tournament, where hosts Russia and their archrivals from Canada will once again battle for the Olympic gold, will take place at the Bolshoi Ice Dome and Shayba Arena, separated from each other by just 300 meters. 12,000 sports fans are expected at the Iceberg Palace to witness the figure skating and short track competitions. The innovative equipment allows the organizers to readjust the ice for the different disciplines in the space of just two hours.
The 400-meter oval aimed at providing the speed skaters with a chance to produce their best times is housed in the Adler Arena. The smallest venue in the Olympic Parks is the 3,000-seat Ice Cube Center where the curling events are taking place.
PEOPLE ACCOMODATED AT THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE
Most of the facilities erected for Sochi 2014 are moveable and they’ll be dismantled and transported to other Russian cities after the Games conclude. Another essential part of the Coastal Cluster is the Olympic Village at the Sochnoye resort. Its 47 pavilions will accommodate over 3,000 athletes, journalists and International Olympic Committee members during the event.
The Mountain Cluster is located 48km from the Coastal Cluster. Fans get there by taking a 30-minute ride from the Black Sea coast along the newly-built railway to Krasnaya Polyana, which is often referred to as ‘Russian Switzerland’ for its warm, but snowy subalpine winters. The organizers have prepared the toughest biathlon track in Olympic history for the Sochi 2014 Games.
The Laura Center, named after a Caucasian mythical heroine, is hosting both biathlon and cross country skiing events at its two isolated stadiums. All the alpine skiing disciplines – downhill, combined, giant slalom and the super giant slalom – are being held at the Rosa Khutor resort, sitting on the slopes of the Aibga Ridge, with its highest peak reaching 2590 meters. The total length of the competition tracks, develop by renowned ski architect Bernard Russi, is an impressive 20km.
Rosa Khutor is also home to the daredevil snowboarders and freestyle skiers, who will settle scores at its 10,250-seat Extreme Park. The location for the ski jumping RusSki Gorki center was especially selected at the junction of two ridges in order to protect the Olympic athletes from side winds and harmoniously fit into the natural background.
The Sanki sliding center is another record-breaking facility constructed for Russia’s maiden Winter Games. At 1814 meters, it provides the world’s longest artificial track for bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. In case of emergency, over 300,000 cubic meters of snow gathered last year is being kept in storage at Aibga Ridge. The Mountain Cluster has its own Olympic Village located at the Rosa Khutor Plateau 1170 meters above sea level.