Now the preliminary stage of the IIHF Ice Hockey Under 18 World Championships has come to an end, athletes will be given a day’s rest before the playoffs. All teams will stay at a hotel in the Adler district courtesy of Sochi 2014 organisers. The accommodation has been highly praised by the athletes.
Shawn Bullock – Team leader, Canada: "It’s a fantastic facility, amazing, very clean hotel, incredible amenities there when it comes to work out: gyms, pool, tennis center, bowling alley. Really amazing hotel. Again, the people are very friendly, accommodating to meet any of our needs."
Bill Hall – Team leader, USA: "Nice hotel, accommodations are fine, the food is good."
Boris Dlugach – General manager, Russia: "I have been to several World Championships and I can assure you that the conditions here, for guys of this age, are absolutely remarkable. The restaurant is open literally round-the-clock, the catering is wonderful, and as for the open buffet – what more can I say. Everyone's happy with the service, including the foreign teams – you can see that by how often they like to come in and eat here. The conditions in the hotel are fantastic – there's a great sports and fitness gym, an outstanding pool, and in general the hotel's grounds are really well-kept."
Arto Sihvonen – Team leader, Finland: "It’s very comfortable, the rooms are very nice and clean. The service in the hotel is excellent, the food is excellent, it’s a perfect hotel for us. We use the facilities nearby, beside the hotel as well, like the judo and wrestling center, inside we do our maintenance there."
Otakar Cerny – Team manager, Czech Republic: "I think the hotel is pretty good because the accommodation, the food – both are very good, so we are satisfied."
Notes to the editor
The IIHFcomplex of venues is made up of the "Bolshoy" Ice Dome, the "Shayba" Arena, and the training arena. The venues are located in close proximity to one other, providing maximum convenience for athletes and guests of the Games.
The "Bolshoy" Ice Dome is a building with a domed roof. The design of the arena is based on the image of a frozen water drop. The dome roof is mainly silver in color.
The name of the Ice Dome highlights the characteristics of this sports venue. The "Bolshoy" (the Russian word for "big") will be one of the biggest Olympic venues, hosting events in one of the most popular sports of the Winter Olympics. At the same time, the word "Bolshoy" is understandable and familiar to people from many different countries, evoking associations with Russia – the Bolshoy Theatre, the traditions of the Russian school of ballet, figure skating, ice hockey and other achievements of the biggest country in the world.
The "Shayba" Arena is designed to look like a snowdrift. It would be impossible to imagine a game of ice hockey without a "shayba" or puck. The name precisely portrays the purpose of the venue. Also, for Russians, shouting "Shaybu!" is a universal and familiar way of showing support for hockey teams in different competitions. Therefore, this name highlights the character of the "Russian" Winter Games.