As excitement grows ahead of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is inviting sports fans to support the world’s best winter athletes in Sochi this February. That is why the Committee has launched an updated section on its official website dedicated to fans travelling to the Games.
The website will provide fans from across the world information about purchasing Olympic tickets, finding accommodation and general information about the city
The Sochi 2014 Games will be the world’s greatest sporting event and will help showcase the world’s best winter sports athletes, as they compete in state of the art sports venues and in a memorable atmosphere, which will highlight the best of Russian hospitality. The updated website will provide visitors with key insights into what to do and where to go during the Games.
Being at Sochi 2014 will be an unforgettable experience
The Games, taking place from 7 – 23 February, will offer a unique experience for fans. The Games will see 6,000 athletes and team members, from over 80 countries, travel to Sochi. In total, 98 medals will be won, across 7 Olympic sports.
Fans attending the Games will be able to witness the inspiration of elite sport, watching the world’s best winter athletes amaze the world with their outstanding skills and athleticism as they strive for gold.
Besides hosting great sport, Sochi will also present a world of culture and entertainment for all the guests of the city. In 2014 the Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad, a unique project by the organizers of the Games, will offer visitors to the Olympic host city dozens of performances and shows featuring the cultural diversity of Russia. There will also be numerous entertainment activities on offer in the Olympic park. The central Live Sites in Sochi will be located near the Seaport and on the Medals Plaza in the Olympic Park, where athlete awards ceremonies will take place.
Sochi is one of the largest and most beautiful resorts in Russia. The host city of the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 is located in the foothills of the Caucasus region, along the shores of the Black Sea. The city is situated at the same latitude as Nice, France, and Toronto, Canada, and is known for its unique combination of Mediterranean and Alpine climates. The resort is often referred to as the “Russian Riviera” due to the beauty of the region.
There will be plenty of things to do in Sochi for visitors. Many museums, night clubs, restaurants and cafes will showcase the local hospitality of the city. Adventure-seekers can explore the caves, discover the waterfall or travel to the peak of Akhun Mountain and witness the breathtaking views of the Caucasus.
Planning the journey
Before travelling to Sochi, spectators should visit the Sochi 2014 website (sochi2014.com) to find out more about the Games and how to purchase Sochi 2014 tickets in Russia and abroad.
After purchasing their tickets and before arriving in Sochi, visitors should apply for a Spectator Pass on the official website. (pass.sochi2014.com)
In order to maximize your spectator experience, it’s important to plan your journey to Sochi in advance, so make sure you’ve thought out your trip.
- Buy tickets for the Olympic Games
- Apply for a Spectator Pass
- Plan your journey to Sochi (The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee does not recommend the use private cars for travelling to Sochi due to the transport scheme in the city at Games time)
- Book accommodation (In order to benefit from the best location and standard of accommodation, please book your accommodation in advance).
Those who do not reside in the Russian Federation, should also do the following before travelling:
- Obtain a Russian visa. Foreign citizens are required to obtain a Russian visa in order to enter the Russian Federation. Exceptions exist for citizens from countries with which the Russian Federation has established a visa-free entry agreement. Information about the documents necessary for obtaining a Russian visa can be found at the Russian Federation consulate in your country (this list may vary from country to country).
Visa has been a worldwide Partner of the Olympic games for over 26 years. In recognition of Visa’s longstanding support of the Games people can only use Visa card or cash paying for goods and services within Games venues, at the official Sochi 2014 stores, including official online outlet “Sochi2014”, and purchasing tickets to the Games. For information on how to apply for a Visa card, please visitwww.visa.com
For more detailed information on all aspects concerning the trip to Games 2014 please check in the spectator section of the Sochi 2014 website (http://www.sochi2014.com/en/games/spectator/).
Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko noted:
"Sochi is a gem in the south of Russia- featuring a unique combination of sea, sun and snow-covered mountains. Sochi is a multicultural city, known for its hospitality, enchanting setting, and flavorful national cuisine. It is here that in 2014 the first Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Russian history will be staged. Over the past several years, we have worked hard to further develop Sochi and to deliver a warm and passionate Russian welcome for athletes and fans from home and abroad. I believe that our efforts will be appreciated by all those attending the Games and as seeing is believing, I look forward to seeing you in Sochi this February for the experience of a lifetime! "
Speed skater, Olympic medalist and Sochi 2014 Ambassador Ivan Skobrev said:
"We will soon have the opportunity to witness a remarkable sporting event. Billions of people across the world will have the opportunity to follow and enjoy magic of the Games on television but the Russian people have a rare opportunity to experience the Games live on home soil and be a part of Olympic history. I’m calling for us all to come together in Sochi to cheer on the Russian national team and be proud of our athletes' performances."
Charlie White (USA), winner of the 2012 ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final in Sochi, December, 8, 2012:
"It's a really fantastic atmosphere. First of all the Russian fans, no matter where they are in the country, really appreciate figure skating and ice dance which is tremendous for us. Looking out of my room I have the mountains on the left and the ocean on my right. It just gives you the sense of grandeur and I feel like you kind of take that to the ice."
Ruben Verges (Spain) at the FIS Snowboard World Cup in Sochi, February, 13, 2013: "There's really like an Olympic feeling here."
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