Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi
Winter competitions in 2014 the first of this scale in the history of our country. Such right wrested Russia in a difficult fight in five countries: South Korea, Spain, Austria, Kazakhstan, Georgia and Bulgaria. Besides Sochi, for it struggled to cities such as Pyeongchang, Jaca, Salzburg, Almaty, Borjomi and Sofia. Games have become a very spectacular sports event, followed by a huge number of people around the world.
The Games in Sochi - a symbol of the new Russia
Not only the performance of athletes at the Olympics, but also the work of all technical services admired by millions of people around the world. The undisputed victory of our athletes has been firmly supported by the responsible work of thousands of talented experts who ensure the smooth functioning of the Olympic facilities. The success of the Games merit a huge number of staff and volunteers.
The ceremony started and the closing of the Games "Sochi-2014" were among the most innovative in the history of events of this magnitude. Original decorations that can be moved with the help of a rather complex grid system, delighted millions of spectators and the athletes themselves. Excellent organization of the Olympic Games will long remain in the memory of the witnesses of what is happening.
The Russian Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Features
At what time the event took place? The Olympic Games were held in February 2014, the Paralympic Games - 7-19 March 2014 in the Krasnodar Territory in Sochi.
The Russians, of course, especially addicted to it winter sports, but the real picture is more impressive. Citizens consciously and seriously to everything that comes to sports, especially the Olympic Games, sports ideals and symbols. Until now, the Olympics-80 witnesses, held in Soviet times, when the memories of her welling tears in his eyes. It is the memory of a wonderful spirit and atmosphere of the event, and about the great symbolism of the great conquests of the Olympics, about saying goodbye to the Olympic symbol - Misha. In connection with the Russians united this great desire to host the Winter Games in Russia.
This Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi is not the first time shown to the world that human possibilities are endless. Will, desire and commitment always lead to victory.
The History of the Paralympic Games
In 1944, neurosurgeon Ludwig Guttmann stated a remarkable idea that disability is not a reason to exclude a person from an ordinary normal life. After this game for people with disabilities become an integral part of the competition for sports achievements.
As a result, for more than 50 years, these games are a symbol of bravery, courage, greatness, determination and self-sacrifice inherent in people who have received in my life, seemingly insurmountable obstacles. And it was the Paralympic Games to help such people overcome the disease, to believe in themselves and go on a full life. And people are witnessing the achievements and victories, such events instill pride, compassion, understanding, admiration, hope and love.
The role of the mascot in the Olympic Games
As a rule, the Olympic mascot should realize accurately and faithfully the spirit and traditions of the host countries. He must inspire athletes and fans of the undeniable victory and bring good fortune to all. Usually, the Olympic mascot should be associated with the country hosting guests. Misha Bear 80 is an essential and eternal symbol. It is worth remembering those related surprisingly touching and enthusiastic moments of the Summer Olympics in Moscow. It is impossible to erase the memory of days filled with an atmosphere of friendship among peoples, bright unforgettable impressions, unthinkable at the time records and universal enthusiasm.
Paralympic Games - a special kind of competition. Even their talismans carry a special, more important meaning: they should highlight features of just such sports and embody the qualities inherent only to him.
The origin of the mascots of the Sochi Olympics
Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi are remarkable by the fact that when choosing a mascot for the first time during the existence of the Olympic movement was taken into account public opinion - conducted nation-wide vote.
White Bear, Hare and Leopard - symbols of the Olympic Games, and Ray of Light and Snowflake - symbols of the Paralympic Games in 2014 is symbolic that the last two have chosen themselves Paralympic athletes. This is also characterized by recent Winter Paralympics.
There is even a legend associated with these two characters: they have come to us from the other world to tell all earthlings about the hidden fantastic opportunities that are supported by the Paralympic competitions.
Types of Olympic competitions in Sochi
According to the classification of the International Olympic Committee for the winter sports competitions are: ice hockey, figure skating, bobsleigh, short track speed skating, skeleton, speed skating and tobogganing species. Ski types include the following competitions: skiing, freestyle skiing, Nordic combined, ski races, biathlon, freestyle skiing, ski jumping.
At the Paralympic Games in Sochi, the competition took place in six kinds: ice hockey, cross country skiing, curling, alpine skiing, biathlon and para-snowboarding. It will compete for a total of 72 sets of medals among the 750 participants from more than 45 countries.
Paralympics demonstrated remarkable resilience, perseverance athletes as an example to all the people.
The winners of "Sochi-2014" games
Sochi Winter Games ended in undeniable victory for the Russian national team. Athletes won a record number of awards - 30 gold medals, 28 silver and 22 bronze. This is undoubtedly a good example for many athletes around the world.
Champions Paralympic Games:
- Roman Petushkov won six gold medals in the biathlon competitions.
- Alena Kaufman - three times Olympic champion in cross-country skiing in the biathlon.
- Alexander PRONKO - the leader in the race to skiing (10 km).
- Alexander Frantseva - twice champion in ski competitions.
- Vladislav Lekomtsev twice won gold in ski racing.
- Alexei Bugaev won in competitions in slalom.
- Svetlana Konovalova produced for the team the top two medals in Alpine skiing.
- Elena Remizov - the best results in the cross-country skiing (15 km and 5 km) and the relay.
- Anna Milenina won the first two places in ski racing.
- Nicholas Poluhin - biathlete, two-time champion.
- Mikhalina Lisova - three times champion in the sprint in the biathlon and cross-country skiing.
- Julia Budaleeva won the race by 12, 5 km.
- Rushan Minnegulov - skier, won two medals at the highest standard.
- Valery Redkozubov - gold medalist in slalom and super combined in.
- Azat Karachurina - winner in biathlon competitions. - Kirill Mikhailov won the sprint race (1 km).
- Gregory Murygin brought the Russian team gold medal in cross country skiing.
To create appropriate conditions considerable resources have been used Paralympians. The Games had a positive impact on the quality of life of Sochi residents, their business activity, economic conditions around the Krasnodar Territory.
For seven years in the process of preparing for the Olympics in the beautiful resort of modern transportation, hotel infrastructure, built a large number of sports facilities, with advanced technology was created.
Paralympic Games in Sochi, turned the city into a world famous prestigious resort and upscale modern sports center. He is a role model for other regions of the country. All positive innovations will be applied across Russia.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games have absorbed all the best and necessary from previous Paralympic Games to create all the amenities and accessibility.
"Sochi-2014" carried out a program of Paralympic awareness. Its purpose - to popularize it Paralympic values and significant change in the perception of people with disabilities and the attitude towards them in society.