Stunning celebrations signal one year until Sochi 2014
Spectacular celebrations have taken place in Sochi’s Bolshoi Ice Dome, as the Russian city begins the one-year countdown until it hosts the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge, joined by President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee Dmitry Chernyshenko, officially invited the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and their athletes to take part in next year’s Games after a stunning ice show saw more than 300 participants re-enact the story of Sochi’s preparations over the last six years.
The performance – which was directed by Olympic silver medallist Ilya Averbukh and featured figure skating stars such as Olympic champions Tatiana Navka, Roman Kostomarov, Alexej Yagudin, Tatiana Totmianina and Maxim Marinin – included tributes to the history of the Olympic Winter Games and its athletes, as well as segments highlighting the construction of the new venues in Sochi and the official slogan of the Games, ‘Hot, Cool, Yours’.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Jean-Claude Killy, the Chairman of the IOC Coordination Commission for Sochi 2014, also spoke during the event, which concluded with a spectacular fireworks display in the skies above Sochi, marking exactly one year to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Games on 7 February 2014.