Sochi unveils legacies

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The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee is celebrating the key milestones that have been achieved during the past 12 months to mark the start of the New Year, which will see London host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

With less than 790 days to go until the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and 818 till the Paralympic Winter Games, there have been a number of significant developments in the preparations for the Games and numerous positive changes that are already being seen across the city and region. Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 president and CEO, said: " All the team at the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee is immensely proud of what has been achieved in the past 12 months. While there is plenty more to accomplish, we are on track to deliver the most innovative and memorable Olympic and Paralympic Games in the history of the Olympic movement. " Today we are already seeing the results of our dedication to create a lasting legacy for Russia long after the Games is over. It includes improved infrastructure, changing attitudes towards people living with a disability in society and creating a volunteer culture in Russia. " With the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching next year, we're also confident that we will learn even more from our partners . We all agree 2012 will be a hugely exciting year for Olympic sport. " The year 2011 was undoubtedly a ground–breaking year for Sochi 2014, with a number of firsts and records: Sochi 2014 launched an Olympic and Paralympic mascots competition – a first in the history of the Olympic movement. The competition captured the public's imagination, with thousands of people submitting their designs and a Russian record of 1. 4m people voting to choose the mascots via a text message on a live television programme. The Olympic spirit sweeping across Russia was evident in May and June during the Sochi 2014 '1, 000 Days to go' celebrations, which took place around the country and saw hundreds of thousands of people involved in various festivities including concerts, and both sporting and environmental activities. Sochi 2014 volunteers played a key role in supporting both the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic '1, 000 days to go' milestones this year. Sochi 2014 has completed a nationwide contest to select 26 educational institutions to become dedicated volunteer training centres. As well as helping to provide guests with a warm Russian welcome and deliver a successful Games, Sochi 2014's volunteer programme is using the Games as a catalyst to create a volunteer movement in Russia for the first time. Already next February Sochi 2014 launches Application Campaign to train the 25, 000 volunteers required during the Games. They will inspire millions across Russia to take up volunteering. London 2012 visited Sochi this year to meet 250 of its volunteers, selecting over 100 of the best to work at the London 2012 Olympic Games. After London 2012, the volunteers will share their experience and new knowledge with their fellow volunteers to further volunteer preparations for Sochi 2014. •The first seminars have already taken place at the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU), bringing together internationally renowned academics and tutors from across the global sports industry with Olympism teaching at their core. In this way, the RIOU is already having a long–term positive impact on Russian sport and the Olympic Movement. •Sochi 2014's is holding a record–breaking number of test events, with several international events taking place earlier this year. In early 2012 alone four international test events will take place in Krasnaya Polyana: FIS Ski World Cup (Men's); FIS Ski World Cup (Women's); FIS Snowboard European Cup Freestyle European Cup. Sochi 2014's marketing programme has broken records within the history of the Winter Olympic Games. Sochi 2014 has now secured sponsorship deals amounting to $1. 2bn and has helped the Organising Committee to be self–financing for a second successive year. Partnerships to date include Aeroflot, Bosco Sport, Megafon, Russian Railways, Rosneft, Rostelecom Sberbank, and Volkswagen.

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