Sochi 2014 Successfully Completes the International Training Week with Flying Colors

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On 14th November at the Sliding Center "Sanki" in Sochi, the first International Training Week in luge has been completed. The event has helped to mark the beginning of the 2012-2013 world season and preceded the World Cup event which will be held at the Sochi track in February 2013. During the event, which brought together more than 130 athletes fr om 26 different countries, the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee team successfully tested the services at the Olympic sliding track.

The International Training Week was held in a free, non-competitive format, and was open to all athletes wishing to try out the Sochi luge center. Such weeks are established in the international format by organizers of the Olympic Games. This time, it was decided that the duration of the event would be increased to 10 days, so that athletes and staff could get acquainted with all characteristics of the track.

According to the regulations of the International Training Week, in the first two days of testing, the lugers gradually make a systematic climb beginning at lower points. Fr om 7th November, many athletes were already starting their race from the highest position on the track, which is the Olympic starting point.

Over the ten days in Sochi, the Test Events Division Center coordinated centralized services for participants during the International Training Week, such as arrival and departure, transportation, food, communications, and weather information. The team consisted of members of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, representatives of the State Corporation "Olympstroy", Krasnodar Region and Sochi Administrations, and the Russian Luge Federation, as well as experts in the fields of medicine, transportation and security. This integrated process allows for implementation of joint work of all organizations and functions involved. Also at the venue, for the first time the Tetra multichannel communication system from the Ministry of Communications and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation was tested.

On 18-24 February 2013, world leading lugers will again gather in Sochi to participate in the World Cup, including the Nations Cup and World Cup Relay. In November 2013, the second International Pre-Olympic Training Week will take place.