November 30, six postage stamps “The XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi. Olympic Sports Venues” to be issued

The issue is about the Olympic sports venues of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi.

The Fisht Olympic Stadium is located in the Olympic Park so that the spectators have a magnificent view on both mountain peaks in the north and the sea in the south. The stadium capacity is 40,000 spectators. The opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will take place at the stadium. After the Olympics, the Fisht Olympic Stadium will be used as a venue for Russian national football team matches and as a training center. It will also be hosting mass entertainment events and shows.

The Bolshoy (“big”) Ice Dome is part of the ice hockey complex of the Olympic Park venues in Sochi. The Palace capacity is 12,000 spectators. In the course of the Games, the Ice Dome will be hosting competitions in ice hockey, and it will be used as a training rink.

The Shayba (“puck”) Arena is part of the ice hockey complex of venues in the Olympic Park in Sochi. The Arena capacity is 7,000 spectators. The venue will be hosting the Olympic ice hockey competitions and Paralympic ice sledge hockey competitions.

The Iceberg Skating Centre capacity is 12,000 spectators. The Palace will be hosting the Olympic competitions in figure skating and short-track skating.

The "RusSki Gorki" Jumping Center is located in the Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge. The facility location at the junction of two ridges has been selected by the international experts in order to make ski-jumping facilities harmonious with the surrounding landscape and to protect the athletes from side winds. The complex capacity is 7,500 spectators. Within the framework of the Games, the Center will be used for competitions in ski jumping and nordic combined. After the Winter Olympic Games, the RusSki Gorki Complex will become a national training center.

The "Laura" Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center is located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge, within 6.5–10 km north-east of Krasnaya Polyana. The Center includes two separate stadiums, each with their own start and finish zones, two separate track systems for skiing and biathlon, a shooting range and warm-up zones. The Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon stadiums’ capacity is 9,600 spectators each.

There is an illustrated cover with a small sheet and FDCs with cancellation inside.

Design: S. Ulyanovsky.
Face value: 20 rub.
Size of stamp: 65х32,5 mm, size of stamp 160х140 mm.
Form of issue: a sheet of 6 stamps with illustrated margins.
Circulation: 150 thousand copies of each stamp (150 thousand sheets).

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