In an atmosphere obviously inspired by Russia, visitors will discover Olympic locations such as the Olympic Park and its stunning venues (the Iceberg Skating Palace and the Bolshoy Ice Dome), as well as the 12 new events making their debut at the Sochi Games.
They can learn about the design of an Olympic downhill course, as explained by the famous ski slope designer and Olympic downhill champion, Bernhard Russi, and discover the symbolic icons of the Games, such as the torch (they can get their photo taken with it), the medals, the mascots, the emblem, the pictograms and the route of the longest ever relay in the history of the Winter Games (123 days).
This will also be the opportunity for them to discover the soul of Russia through the Look of the Games, a patchwork inspired by Russia’s most famous craftsmen.
Ceremonies, competition and culture
True to its mission to enable as many people as possible to take part in the Olympic experience, The Olympic Museum will broadcast the Opening and Closing Ceremonies – to be held on 7 and 23 February 2014 respectively - live on a big screen, as well as the Olympic competitions in Sochi. In conjunction, cultural events will be held every weekend from 8 to 23 February, such as a Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky concert, a presentation of Russian culture in collaboration with the Association Léman Russe or discovering Russian gastronomy at the TOM Café. There will also be the chance to meet the French adventurer, writer and filmmaker, Nicolas Vanier, who will be present on 27 March to speak about his incredible Siberian odyssey by dog sled, a voyage of more than 8,000 kilometres from Lake Baikal to Moscow.
Finally, until 11 May 2014, through an exciting exhibition, the public can also discover how, in the 1920s and 30s, sport became a source of inspiration and a field of study for Avant-garde artists in Russia, in particular in the fields of cinema, photography and design. For this project, The Olympic Museum is cooperating with the Swiss Film Archive (Cinémathèque suisse) which is showing a cycle of eight films dedicated to Avant-garde Russian directors who took sporting activities as one of their themes.
The Museum also present in Sochi
As for every edition of the Games, The Olympic Museum will be in Sochi to collect donations from athletes – objects retracing Olympic history: equipment worn or used during the competitions, hi-tech material and everything that symbolises the spirit of the Games through fair play or friendship.
Some of these donations are exhibited at The Olympic Museum or loaned to other Olympic museums throughout the world. Another area of this collection of items will concern the intangible legacy, i.e. interviews with athletes. They will be asked about their experiences and memories of the Games, as athletes, as well as about their career and childhood.
See the full “Sochi Live” programme here.