On February 14, 2014, in the middle of the Winter Olympic Games, the Russian Olympic Team Fans House, home to the country’s fans in the Olympic Park, hosted a cancellation of postage stamps. The stamps are part of a new series called "XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi: Olympic Winter Sports". Honored Olympic champions Natalia Snytina, Louisa Noskova, and Anna Bogaly took part in the cancellation ceremony, as well as Igor Chursin, Deputy Director for the Federal Communications Agency.
Stamps dedicated to skeleton, alpine skiing, figure skating, ski jumping, cross-country skiing, curling, hockey, freestyle, and biathlon were selected for the cancellation ceremony.
Each stamp has a nominal value of 25 rubles and is 37x37 mm in size, issued in 4x4 sheets of 15 stamps and a coupon. The total print run of the Olympics series will be 115,000 stamps. Also ready to be issued are a first-day envelope and sheets of eight stamps with each of the 15 athletic events plus one coupon issued in previous years as part of the Olympic Winter Sports series.
"We will be using a distinctive postmark to cancel the stamps, envelopes and souvenir sheets, in a special process witnessed by famous athletes to mark this important occasion. By this evening, stamps canceled with this unique postmark on February 14, 2014 will be one-of-a-kind items and souvenirs of the most important sporting events in Russia’s history, one that everyone who comes to the Russian Olympic Team Fans House will be able to enjoy," emphasized Igor Chursin.
Russian Olympic Team Fans House
Any fan club for a sports team has a traditional "meeting place", where you can always discuss the latest competitions, share impressions and predictions for the future and most importantly, share in the emotions. At the Games in Sochi, that place is the Russian Olympic Team Fans House. Daily activities, meetings with favorite athletes, direct broadcasts of events, special promotions for fans and joint celebrations of Russia’s victories,the House is open daily for all who are interested, for the entire duration of the Olympic Games.
Additional information and media contacts:
Ann Kozhushner 8 (926) 296-25-34
Evgeny Tkachev 8 (926) 296-24-38
The Sochi 2014 Stamp Program:
Postal and stamp products have accompanied all the modern Olympic Games since 1896. Stamps issued by the country hosting the Games are a part of every Olympics and, without doubt, highly prized items in any stamp collection.
The Sochi 2014 Stamp Program began in 2011 with the launch of a press sheet featuring the stamp "Sochi - Host City for the XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014". The first stamps were also launched in the series "The XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi" and "Tourism on Russia's Black Sea Coast". Sales from the first few months alone revealed strong interest in the stamps, both from philatelists and the population as a whole.
In all, by the start of the Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi, 8 souvenir sheets, 50 postal stamps, 2 envelopes with an original stamp, and more than 50 artistic pre-stamped envelopes and postcards had been produced. The subjects used for Sochi 2014 postal merchandise include winter sports, mascots of the 2014 Games, the Olympic sports venues, the Olympic Torch Relay, sports legends and views of the Krasnodar Region.
Moreover, for the first time in Russia's history, as well as the history of the Olympic Movement, a stamp was issued with a 2D bar code for recognition on mobile devices. The official logo of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi is depicted on the stamp, as well as a matrix code with a coded link to the website www.sochi2014.com, where anyone with a mobile device can go after downloading a special program.