Anti-avalanches equipment installed for Sochi Olympic Games

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There were more than 30 extra anti-avalanche devices which have been installed at the Roza Khutor ski resort in Krasnaya Polyana, set to stage alpine skiing during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympics Games.

The installations greatly reduces the risk of avalanches at the venue; the area's managing director Alexander Belokobylsky claiming that safety was the primary concern.

As part of the series of test events Sochi is staging in 2012, Russia is hosting Alpine World Cup events in February  so they have tried to find a balance between the quality of the competition and the safety concerns.

"We had too much snow at the top of the course so we decided to lower the start of the men's event," Belokobylsky told Reuters.

"The athletes' safety is a paramount concern so you don't want to jeopardise it in any way. "But at the same time, you don't want to compromise any of the sporting elements, especially because a World Cup race is a top-level event compared to the Europa Cup. "So we added 30 extra [devices]. "We had four last year -- now we have 34."

The Krasnaya Polyana mountain range is the location for the cluster of outdoor events which also includes bobsleigh, luge, ski jumping and biathlon.


Sochi - 70% prepared for Winter Olympics

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In a little over two years, Russia's first-ever Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi. President Dmitry Medvedev has requested contractors to be sure that the new venues are ready in time for major test events due to start next month.

Medvedev inspected the sites on Thursday evening, including the Roza Khutor ski resort. It is set to host a World Cup leg on the Alpine skiing circuit in just over a month's time, with snowboarding and freestyle events scheduled a month later.

Russia's second bobsled track will also be unveiled in late February. Almost 70% of all construction work for the games has been completed, according to officials. However, Medvedev emphasized that work rates “differ because of problems with financing and some other problems, including design and, in some cases, simply bad management."

The President also mentioned that after the Olympic Games are over, the infrastructure will improve the quality of life for those who live in and around Sochi.


Sochi 2014 hires Detech to meet staffing needs

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Detech, a Russian HR company has been confirmed as the latest supplier of the Sochi 2014
Olympic and Paralympic Games.

An agreement with Detech was signed by their managing partner Svetlana Simonenko and Sochi
2014 President as well as chief executive Dmitry Chernyshenko at a special ceremony.

Detech come on board in the "Staff Assessment Products" category, and the company will assess competencies of candidates to work and volunteer for Sochi 2014 .

"We are honoured to become a provider for "Sochi 2014" Organising Committee," said

"The main goal of our methods is to increase personnel effectiveness by revealing
personality traits and abilities of people.

"We are glad to help assess and select the right people of all levels for preparing and holding Olympic competitions."

The HR company use techniques such as online competency tests and interactive interviews to
find the best candidates. They will play an integral part in staffing the 26 Sochi 2014 volunteer centres, with over 25,000 volunteers also set to work at the Games.

Detech will also be part of Sochi 2014's recruitment programme, and will work with the likes of Kelly Services, Adecco and Exect. Staffing is a key concern for Sochi as they need to bring in 150,000 employees for the Winter Olympics, more than a quarter of the population of the Black Sea resort.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 January 2012 12:50

Sochi will release a 100-ruble banknote for the Olympic Games

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The Russian Olympic Committee and the Central Bank have come up with a concept to introduce 
in the Olympic Games in Sochi, which will be held in 2014. The special hundred-ruble note will be released for the coming Sochi Olympic games, reported by the newspaper “Izvestia”.

According to the newspaper, the new bill will be exactly one hundred days before the Olympics, that is, at the end of 2013. With the design of banknotes officials have not decided yet. It is also unknown, and exact copies of issue.

If the newspaper is confirmed, the new release will be the first major modification of a hundred-ruble notes from the time of its introduction, that is, since 1997. Usually, central banks for the Olympics Games host countries produce coins, not bills. Thus, the Organizing Committee of Sochi have already announced that by 2014 10 million minted coins to 25 rubles.

The first country, which released “Olympic notes,” was China who took the Olympic Games in 2008. On these banknotes for the first time in a long time has not been shown, Mao Zedong.


Sochi Olympics 2014: Catalyst of Building Extreme Hotels in Russia

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A new hotel brand, Extreme Hotels and its management team is revolutionizing the hospitality business. This hotel has a very unique goal as it aims to serve the needs of extreme snowboarders, speed skiers, ice climbers, skateboarders and anything like these.

Owned by the Extreme Sports Company, the Extreme Hotels brand strives to be the first extreme hotels in Sochi, Russia. Al Gosling, the top guy of this extreme sports dynasty, hopes to have the Sochi property open by 2015. The Sochi location was selected due to it being the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Gosling expects to benefit from the global attention that the area will receive during the Sochi Olympics in 2014. It will be the first time that the Russian Federation has hosted the Winter Olympics, and it already has sports fans talking. The Sochi people have plans to host Olympic events both on the coast and within the Krasnaya Polyana Mountains.

The hotel can be found close to the 2014 Winter Olympic venues and is expected to have 209 guest rooms, along with such extreme amenities as a freestyle snowboarding park, a skatepark, BMX course, zip lines and rock climbing. Sounds like my kind of place. Of course, it is also expected to include more mundane amenities such as a sports bar and restaurant, game room and concierge services. Other extreme hotels are planned for the Cape Verde Islands, Switzerland, Albania and United Kingdom.


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