Sochi Completes Tests

On 9 December 2012 in Sochi, the host city of the forthcoming 2014 Winter Olympic Games, two international Test Events were completed at the Olympic venues in the Coastal and Mountain Clusters - Iceberg Skating Palace and RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre.

The ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and the FIS World Cup stages in ski jumping gathered together approximately 200 athletes from 20 countries and were held by Sochi 2014 in conjunction with relevant international and national sports federations. All functions and services at the venues were tested in the ‘Olympic mode’ with the participation of over 500 representatives from Sochi 2014.

The competition at the Iceberg was the first international tournament at this Olympic venue and the World Cup ski jumping stages among men and women were the first in the history of the Russian international competition at this level. The ladies ski jumping competition will debut at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, so testing the K-95 ski jump was of particular importance to the ski jumpers. 

Participants and guests of the competition were able to assess the efforts of more than 500 representatives of Sochi 2014, who tested all the functions and services at the Olympic venues. In anticipation of the start of ticket sales for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, planned for February 2013, the Organising Committee has completed the first phase of testing services for the implementation of the Ticketing Programme, 

The FIS World Cup in ski jumping stages saw the Sochi K-95 ski jump tested for the first time by female ski jumpers, along with men. Despite difficult weather conditions, the organisers of the Games team demonstrated their full readiness to hold the competition. In accordance with the Sochi 2014: Guaranteed Snow Programme, the Organising Committee used 4,600 cubic meters of snow on the ski jump, which was collected by special technology last season in the snow reservoir, located in the immediate vicinity of the venue.

During the ISU Grand Prix Final, a variety of services involved in the complex process of planning, production and sales of tickets were tested successfully. From 6 to 9 December, more than 25,000 spectators visited the newly built Iceberg Skating Palace.

In the winter of 2012-2013, the Sochi 2014 Organising Committee will test the work of ticketing services for another two international pre-Olympic test events: the Biathlon World Cup stage (7, 9, 10 March 2013) and the IIHF World U18 Championships (April 2013).

The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee will hold the following pre-Olympic test events in late January – early February 2013: the FIS World Cup in cross-country skiing and Nordic Combined, and the ISU World Cup in Short Track Speed Skating.

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