On June, 29, during the all-Russian Olympic Day celebrations, a ceremony to mark the launch of three new Olympic stamps of the "The XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. Olympic winter sports" series was held. The stamps commemorate bobsleigh, figure skating and Nordic combined. A number of Olympic athletes attended the ceremony including Sochi 2014 Ambassador, Olympic bronze medalist, world champion, and twice European Ice Dance champion Oksana Domnina, Olympic cross-skiing champion, Mikhail Ivanov and Olympic bobsleigh champion, Vladimir Kozlov.
This year the main sports celebration of the summer was dedicated to the Russian Olympic Team's participation in the upcoming XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.
Each stamp has a value of 25 rubles and is 37x37 mm in size. The stamps are issued in sheets of 8 stamps and a coupon. In total, 560,000 copies (70,000 sheets) of each stamp have been printed.
All-Russian Olympic Day was celebrated in Gorky Park, Moscow where a symbolic Olympic run took place. Participants were given Olympic souvenirs as a memoir of the day. Celebrations also included a celebrity beach football match between Olympic Summer and Winter sports champions.
All-Russian Olympic Day was also celebrated across Russia from Kaliningrad to Sakhalin.
The "The XXII Olympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi. Olympic winter sports" series began in 2011 with the launch of three stamps: "Cross-country", "Ski Jumping", and "Short Track". Six stamps were added to series in 2012: "Alpine Skiing", "Snowboarding", "Speed Skating", "Skeleton", "Luge", and "Freestyle".
Sochi 2014 Ambassador Oksana Domnina noted:
“I am honored to be presenting the stamp dedicated to figure skating. Ice-skating is my passion and I am excited to see the programs of the best figure skaters in the world during the Games. The Olympic stamps will serve as a wonderful souvenir of the event.”
Notes for the editor
Bobsleigh is a sport that involves high-speed mountain descent on a sled on special artificially made ice routes on controlled sledges (bobs). There are three types of events in the Olympic program: the men’s program in the two-seater and four-seater bobs, and the women’s program, in two-seater bobs.
Figure skating is the oldest discipline in the Winter Olympics. As far back as 1908, figure skating competitions were included in the Olympics in London. The 2014 Olympic Games program in Sochi includes the following figure skating competitions: individual men's and women's events, pairs events, ice dancing and also team events.
Nordic Combined events include a ski jumping competition and a 10 km cross-country ski race. There are three men's events in the Olympic program in Nordic Combined: the individual event from a normal hill size ski jump, the individual event from a large hill size ski jump, and the team event, with two jumps from the large hill size for each team member and a 4x5 km relay.
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be a true sporting celebration. More than 5,500 athletes and team members from over 80 countries will come to Sochi in 2014. Competitions in the Olympic Games will be held from February 7 to 23, 2014 and 98 sets of medals will be contested.
Postal and philatelic 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 Philatelic Program began in 2011. The total circulation of all stamps issued in 2011 was more than 10 million, while in 2012 this reached about 12 million. Sales from the first few months alone have revealed strong interest in the stamps, both from philatelists and the population as a whole.