24 January - 09 March 2014
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be hosted by the Russian city of Sochi, on the Black Sea.
Although the Russian Federation is the world’s largest country, spanning 17 million square kilometres and 9 time zones, with an extraordinarily diverse population (1,600 nationalities and 143.3 million inhabitants in 2013, speaking a total of 180 languages), Sochi 2014 is keen to show the world how the Olympic Games can bring people together and act as a unifying force for the culturally eclectic Russian Federation.
Visitors can discover the Olympic icons of Sochi 2014, including the torch, medals, mascots, emblem and pictograms. They can also learn more about the longest ever Winter Games torch relay (123 days!).
The exhibition reveals the “Look of the Games”, a patchwork of crafts from fourteen regions in Russia, and looks at how these designs will be used across the city, in stadiums and on souvenirs.
Part of the exhibition presents the twelve new events making their debut at the Sochi Games - freeskiing halfpipe (men and women), women’s ski jumping, biathlon mixed relay, luge team relay, figure skating mixed team event, snowboard parallel special slalom (men and women), and slopestyle skiing and snowboarding (men and women) – as well as the competition venues. The famous ski slope designer Bernhard Russi will explain how Olympic downhill courses are designed.
This exhibition is also a great chance for visitors who can’t attend the Sochi Games in person to discover the Olympic Park, with stunning venues including the Iceberg Skating Palace and the Bolshoi Ice Dome. After the Games, the city aims to become one of Europe’s top sporting complexes.