Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee Completed its Work at the Summer Games in London

17 september 2012

A number of Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee’s employees, Sochi 2014 volunteers, and representatives from ministries and agencies in Sochi and the Krasnodar region have completed their work at the Summer Games in London.

During the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games (27 July - 9 September), over 300 people took part in the "Observer" and "Secondment” (“Internship”) Programs. For participants the objective of these programs was to gain experience and share knowledge by working closely with the London Organizing Committee.

The "Observer" Program became the largest program in the history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. A team of Sochi 2014 volunteers consisting of 104 people also worked in London during the Games.

During the Games, over 80,000 people visited the Sochi.Park site in Kensington Gardens. The Sochi.Park pavilion showcased the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games to residents and tourists visiting the capital. Sochi.Park was opened from 26 July – 12 August and proved to be a great success. Cutting-edge technology enabled visitors to Sochi.Park to take a virtual trip to Sochi, climb via an interactive 4-D cabin to the snowy peaks of the Caucasus Mountains and have a snowball fight with the Sochi 2014 mascots. Visitors were also able to enjoy a unique ice show, "Sochi: little stories from a big city", in which 6 Olympic and 18 world skating champions took part. Skaters included: Tatiana Navka, Irina Slutskaya, Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin. In total, over 12,000 people watched the ice-show.

A number of eminent guests visited Sochi.Park during the Games, including the IOC President, Jacques Rogge; the President of the International Ice Hockey Federation, Rene Fazel; the Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Kozak; ROC President, Alexander Zhukov; well-known basketball coach, Ettore Messina, as well as Sochi 2014 Ambassadors including famous jazz musician, Igor Butman and medal-winner from the Olympic Games in Vancouver, Ivan Skobrev.

Visitors to Sochi.Park were also presented with a diverse cultural program with performances from 13 musical groups drawn from across Russia including Sochi 2014 Ambassadors, the legendary Kuban Cossack Choir and Children's group "Domisolka".

The "Golden hundred" Sochi 2014 volunteers successfully completed their work at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London. During the Games, the 80 Russian volunteers alongside the London 2012 team worked a total of 1,000 shifts or over 8,000 hours. At the Paralympic Games, the 24 Sochi 2014 volunteers worked 230 shifts, that’s approximately 2,000 hours. It the end of the Games the Sochi 2014 volunteers also organized an excursion across London for the Russian Paralympic athletes.
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