As the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games reach the half way stage, the Organizing Committee have provided an update on the “truly great Games” in progress. Fans from 124 countries have gathered in Sochi to passionately support their teams. Organizers have announced that nearly 1 000 000 tickets have been sold, 13,477 media personnel are in Sochi covering the Games and 18,500 volunteers have worked a total of 76,090 shifts - over 760,000 hours. Volunteers are assisting international visitors in over 30 languages.
An incredible atmosphere can be felt in the Olympic stands, with performances from the best winter athletes contributing to a wonderful celebration of sport that is captivating fans across the whole world.
The organizers have made great efforts to ensure spectators from around the world feel right at home at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. Over the first half of the Games, Sochi’s transportation network has carried over 1.3 million people, including 400,000 by bus and 900,000 by “Lastochka” train.
A food and beverage service network with 1,400 individual locations is serving over 185,000 employees, client groups, and spectators every day. Over 2,500 metric tonnes of food have been used to make their meals.
More than 270,000 spectators have visited the Sochi 2014 Live Sites around Russia, attending a total of 187 events that have been hosted involving stars from sports and the stage. The Live Sites have also entertained fans with big screens showing over 120 hours of continuous broadcasting of the sport events. As part of the Games Cultural Program, 213 performances have been held with 92 performance groups from around the country, attracting an audience of in excess of 200,000 people.
Sochi 2014 President Dmitry Chernyshenko said:
"As we always believed likely during our preparations, these are proving to be truly great Games. During the Games, Sochi has been drawing the attention of the whole world as Olympic history is being written. The atmosphere at the Games is very friendly, sport fans welcome each other in all sorts of languages and 550,000 people have already visited the Olympic Park to join the festival of sport. I’m delighted that the athletes have spoken so highly of the organization of the Games and thank the fans for their incredible support. As of now, 38 medal sets have been already awarded, but there is surely more incredible sport yet to come!"
Аthletes on the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Ola Vigen Hattestad (Norway) – Olympic champion Sochi 2014 – Cross-Country/Men’s Sprint Free:
"The organizers did well. They cleared the snow to make it nice. I don't know if they can do any more."
Sidney Crosby (Canada) – Ice Hockey:
"Good. It's nice. We have a good set-up there in the village. Everything is close; it's a short walk to the rink. So it's been really nice."
PK Subban (Canada) – Ice Hockey:
"It's awesome. The set-up is great, the rooms are awesome. Guys are even saying that the set-up here is better than it was in Torino. The weather has been great. I got to give credit to the people of Sochi, and of Russia, who really made it comfortable for us going over here."
Dachhiri Sherpa (Nepal) – Cross-Country:
"It's a very good experience. The volunteers in the athletes village are very nice and every day we say hello to each other."