On February 5th the first official training of the Olympians started in the Sanki Sliding Center. 39 athletes (1-man luge) could try out the new luge and bobsleigh track, and had 2 slides. All in all 110 athletes from 24 countries (39 men, 31 women, 20 double teams) will take part in the Olympic competitions.
Sanki is a unique construction that was awarded the “Golden Sign” in “Social and cultural objects” nomination at the International “Zodchestvo” festival in Moscow. The route harmoniously fits in with the existing relief as far as possible, and its highest point is located at around 836 meters above sea level, while the lowest is at around 704 meters. The total length of the track is 2013 m, including all start and braking areas (253 m) and a zone without cooling (39 m). The track has 3 counter-inclines where the speed declines because of the negative elevation. A total of 9 sets of medals will be contested, including 4 in luge, 3 in bobsleigh 3 and 2 in skeleton.
Olympic Winter Games at Sanki Sliding Center
Bobsleigh, skeleton and luge competitions will be held at Sanki Sliding Center. The Sanki Sliding Center spectator area can comfortably accommodate 5,000 fans. The timekeeping system has the largest number of decimal places in the world, and 8,900 energy-saving lamps installed on the track will make the evening events as spectacular as possible!
The luge team race (relay) has received Olympic status at the Games in Sochi the first time. The teams from each country will be composed of: a woman (singles luge), a man (singles luge) and two men for the doubles luge. The runs sequence for each team is: women's - men's - doubles. At the finish each athlete must touch the special touch-pad, which automatically opens the in-run gate for the next team member. As soon as the third participant of the team reaches the touch pad, the time stops and the overall time for the relay team is determined (from the start of the first team to the finish of the last team).
The readiness for Sanki to host the Games was confirmed during the 2012-2013 season Test Events: in February 2013, the venue hosted the FIBT Bob & Skeleton World Cup Stage final (more than 200 athletes from 25 countries) and the final stage of the Luge World Cup (more than 130 participants from 29 countries). Also Sanki Sliding Center hosted the International Training Weeks in Luge (November 2012, November 2013) and Bobsleigh and Skeleton (February 2013, November 2013).