With the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games only a few months away, preparations continue to push full steam ahead to get ready for a massive influx of visitors from around the globe. Tons of Olympic Winter Games enthusiasts are set to descend on the city of Sochi and the surrounding area this coming February for one of the biggest events the region has seen in decades. Here’s a quick look at what’s been underway behind-the-scenes to get ready!
Laying the Foundation
Bolstering transportation, housing, and other crucial infrastructure is an absolute necessity, given the staggering number of athletes and fans expected to flock to Sochi, the surrounding coastline, and the nearby mountain region where many of the actual events will take place. To that end, new railways are being laid, additional hotels are being constructed, new roads are being laid down, and even the airport has undergone a transformative upgrade. Crews are working daily throughout the day in rotating shifts to complete these important projects.
Finishing Touches on the Venues
A grand total of 11 athletic venues have been built from the ground-up for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, and they’re clustered in two groups divided between Sochi’s coastal area and the mountains 48 kilometers away. A railway, built between the two, will ensure quick transportation between event locations. More than 70 test sporting events have already been held in each location in preparation for the big event.
Innovative Snow Storage
Considering Sochi is located in a warmer sub tropic region, officials are taking unique measures to ensure there’s enough snow available for the games in the event Mother Nature doesn’t intend to co-operate. More than 450,000 cubic meters of snow from the 2013 winter season is being stored under wraps in the Caucasus Mountains. While some is expected to melt away, more than 300,000 cubic meters is expected to remain as a back-up for the 2014 games.
As part of the longest torch relay in Olympic Winter Games history, the Olympic Flame — unlit, in this instance — recently made a surprise trip to outer space. The torch was passed between two Russian Cosmonauts outside of the International Space Station on November 9th.
The months are speeding along, so attention will soon turn to making final preparations as the games approach. The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will feature a total of 98 events across 15 winter sports. Which events are you most looking forward to watching this coming year?