Olympic ski starts at Krasnaya Polyana are in full swing and athletes are speaking highly of the quality of Rosa Khutor’s ski slopes and the track at the Extreme Park.
Alpine skier Tina Maze of Slovenia, who won the gold in the giant slalom, said:
“What can I say, It was a great day for me not easy day as you see the weather is playing the games with us. But I don’t care if it is raining, if it is sunny or whatever. The slope was really good and it was possible to ski well.”
Kjetil Jansrud of Norway, who won Olympic gold in the super-G at Rosa Khutor, was pleased with the Olympic drive after descending the track:
“The courses are pretty difficult, actually. It’s not the steepest one, but the tempo is high today. They were much more challenging than you would think when you look at the course profile. I was surprised it was so difficult. Yet again, all the people, all the volunteers working up there, they’ve done a great job.”
The winner of snowboard cross Pierre Vaultier (France) said:
“The conditions have been actually OK, except the fact that we are completely wet. The course kept quite a good structure. We could keep our speed all along the course. It went really well and we had no problem with the conditions.”
The bronze medalist in snowboard cross Alex Diebold (USA) has pointed out:
“The course is big and long, but the length and technical aspects is what made it fun. I chase this dream, it’s something that makes me happy. In the test event last year and here when I crossed the finish line, I had a big smile on my face. It’s long and difficult, but I enjoyed it”.
The Roza Khutor Alpine Center can accommodate 7800 spectators. At the Aibga ridge there is the highest point at which competitions are held during the Games. The tracks have been designed by the legendary Bernard Russi, an Olympic champion in downhill skiing. The tracks’ total area is 43 hectares. The tracks are located at altitudes ranging from 2045 to 954 m and have a common finish area.
The Roza Khutor Extreme Park is divided into two zones. The stadium’s capacity in halfpipe competitions, aerials, and mogul is 4000 spectators. The stadium’s capacity for competition in parallel, cross-country sports and slopestyle is 6250 spectators. The Extreme Park is located at an altitude of 1000-1240 m above sea level. The starting points are located at around 1230-1070 m above sea level, the maximum vertical drop is 215 m. The tracks are contoured to enable the execution of jumps, turns, twists, flips, and "spins" of varying complexity.