February 12, 2014Retired US Olympian Picabo Street: ‘Athletes appreciate Sochi’s level of difficulty’Picabo Street, a former US world cup Alpine ski racer, told RT that despite media reports criticizing Sochi, the athletes are impressed by both the venues and the accommodation in Sochi, which are some of the best she’s seen at any Olympics.
"There’s been a lock-in in the bathroom here and there, an elevator episode here and there - but honestly all in all the athletes are really happy with their venues and their competition space. It’s the first Olympics I think that I’ve seen where all the athletes at every venue are happy with the level of difficulty and the level of preparation that’s gone into their venues."
February 12, 2014New level selfies with 3D wall in SochiVisitors in Olympic Park have the chance to see giant 3D versions of their faces on a 2,000 sq m "3D Wall", taking the concept of 'selfies' to a multi-dimensional new level. Visitors simply scan themselves in 3D booths within the pavilion, then wait to see the screen morph into a massive 3D portait of themselves some 3500 times the original size. The facade uses 10,000 actuators to mold the screen's surface into a likeness of the visitor's portraits. The 3D wall is the brain child of British designer Asif Khan, inspired by the concept of giving everyone the opportunity to be "the face of the Olympics". The 3D booths are also installed in MegaFon stores across Russia. MegaFon is one of Russia's largest telecommunications companies, and is a partner of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
February 11, 2014Coolest Olympic helmet designs seen in SochiWinter sport can be dangerous, and helmets are vitally important for athletes sliding down an icy track with speeds at times exceeding 150 km/h. Some, however, also consider the helmets as means of self-expression, adding wacky art to their design.
February 11, 2014Skiing at Krasnaya Polyana's world-class winter resortAlthough the slopes at Krasnaya Polyana are currently the battleground for the world’s Olympic athletes, the breathtaking scenery and brand new facilities look set to transform the area into a top-notch ski resort after the Games. RT correspondent Martyn Andrews donned a pair of snowboarding boots to put the new resort through its paces, while visitors to the Olympics are already hitting the mountain to try their hands at winter sports, just 50km from the Black Sea Coast.
February 11, 2014Vyacheslav Fetisov to RT: ‘Russian hockey team’s only choice is to win Olympic gold’ Two-time Olympic gold medalist Vyacheslav Fetisov told RT that despite the unbelievable pressure of playing on home ice, Russia’s hockey team has all the necessary qualities to go all the way and win gold for its country. With only a few days left until the first men’s ice hockey match at the Sochi Olympics, long-time captain for the Soviet Union national hockey team, Vyacheslav Fetisov, believes Russian players have enough experience in winning big competitions and know how to handle the pressure – especially with such enormous support from their fans.
February 10, 2014Olympic flame becomes Sochi ‘selfie hotspot’One of the most iconic Olympic symbols, the Olympic Flame has attracted so many fans wanting to take a self-portrait with a cellphone camera that a bit of a non-sport competition has been launched. To differ from thousands of Olympic Flame selfies posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram users are trying unique poses. However, the favorite is still pretending to hold the gigantic torch. Russia is hosting the Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow, making it a unique opportunity for many Russians to attend the biggest sporting event in the world.
February 9, 2014Vladislav Tretiak to RT: ‘Lighting the Olympic cauldron means the world to me’Soviet hockey legend, Vladislav Tretiak, had to keep his honored mission at the Sochi Olympics opening ceremony secret even from his wife and children, he revealed to RT. He has recalled the moment when he stepped on the stadium to carry the Olympic torch to light the cauldron.
“We – all flame and flag bearers - sat in special room and watched the Opening ceremony on TV. And it was a different feeling. But when I went out – ah, all the people, and the atmosphere and I got so excited,” said Tretiak, who won three Olympic medals.
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