Olympians have already hailed Sochi’s “cool” and “beautiful” Adler Arena, which will host speed skating events during next year’s Olympic Winter Games.
The newly-built venue features two competition tracks and one training track, all designed to provide the best possible performance for athletes, with optimal micro-climatic conditions to ensure a world-class ice surface.
Russia’s two-time Olympic speed skating medallist Ivan Skobrev is already looking forward to competing on the track during Sochi 2014.
"Cool ice, cool palace. I really loved everything,” said the 2011 all-round world champion. “I can hardly wait for the Olympic events.”
Turin 2006 speed skating gold medallist Svetlana Zhurova has also been impressed by the 8,000-seat venue, which hosted the 2013 ISU World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships from 21-25 March.
"I think the Adler Arena in the Olympic Park is one of the most beautiful and, most importantly, well designed technical and functional venues,” said the four-time Olympian, who won the women’s 500m in Turin in 2006. “I am sure that fans and athletes alike will love the design and internal structure of the skating centre. I remember that during the Sochi 2014 bid, I commented positively on the architectural concept of the stadium, which I really liked; and it's really wonderful that this venue is already now hosting big events!”
The Adler Arena is situated in the Coastal Cluster of venues, within Sochi’s Olympic Park. It sits alongside the Bolshoi Ice Dome and the Shayba Arena, which will host ice hockey, the Ice Cube Curling Centre, Iceberg Skating Palace and the Fisht Olympic Stadium, which will stage the Opening and Closing Ceremony. After the Games, the venue will be converted into a trade and exhibition centre, providing a lasting legacy for Sochi.