IOC extends TOP partnership with Panasonic to 2024

Panasonic will continue as the Worldwide Olympic Partner within the exclusive audiovisual product category which includes: home entertainment equipment, including televisions; cameras; professional video equipment; professional displays, including large in-venue screens; professional audio equipment and video surveillance has been a Worldwide Olympic Partner since the IOC's global sponsorship programme began in 1985, and is the first Partner to sign to 2024. Panasonic first began its involvement with the Olympic Movement at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games as the supplier of the professional sound system and large video display for the main is already supporting the Organising Committee ...read more
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Winter Olympics 2014

Stage is set in Sochi with events about to get underway

The first action of the Games will see snowboard slopestyle making its debut as an Olympic event, with the men's and women's qualifying round due to take place at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. Qualification will also take place for the women's moguls, while the Sochi figure skating competition will get underway with the pairs and men's short programme being held as part of the new team event. Each of the 11 competition venues for Sochi 2014 has been built from scratch, with facilities split into two ‘clusters' – one by the coast and one in the mountains – creating…
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Olympic test events the “key to getting it right”

“The biggest challenge we have faced is making the transition from the preparation stage to operational readiness,” explains Chernyshenko. “The test events programme has helped us to do that and to iron out any creases that there may be in terms of venues and procedures before the actual Games. Testing is the key to getting it right and we worked hard on our test events ; During the 2012/13 winter season alone, Sochi hosted a record 70 international and national competitions in each of Olympic and Paralympic sports, with more than 3000 competitors, approximately 5000 volunteers, over 1500 media representatives…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Athletes settle in to village life

Residents at each of the villages will have access to a canteen, a medical clinic, fitness centre, multi-religious centre, library, bank, cafes, a club and shops, with all facilities located within walking distance of the residential area. Transport connections are also available within the villages and from the villages to the competition venues, 24 hours a day. And those athletes who have already arrived seem to be impressed with the facilities on offer. "The people have been really nice and the rooms are really good,” said British short track medal hope Elise Christie. “It's luxury for us short-trackers, really." The…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Baltic brothers Martins and Tomass Dukurs vying for skeleton gold

During the month preceding the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, the same man emerged victorious from each of the five events on the FIBT Skeleton World Cup calendar. From Winterberg (GER) on 3 January to Schönau am Königsee (GER) on 26 January, a period that also included two races in St. Moritz (SUI) and one in Igls (AUT), Latvia's Martins Dukurs took top honours every single time. Even more remarkably, on each occasion he was joined on the podium by his elder brother, Tomass, who secured four second places and a third during the same period. For the dominant Dukurs brothers…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Niklas Edin aims for Swedish curling success in Sochi

On 7 April 2013 in Victoria (CAN), Niklas Edin and his fellow Swedes, Sebastian Kraupp, Fredrik Lindberg and Viktor Kjäll, secured a place in Swedish sporting history. By beating Brad Jacobs' Canadian rink 8-6 in the final of the World Curling Championships, Sweden brought the home team's three-year global reign to an end, having dominated the entire tournament. In doing so, Edin and Co also became the first team to claim back-to-back European and world titles, having defeated neighbours Norway 8-5 four months earlier to secure the continental crown. “We took part in the last Olympic Games, and our principal…
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Winter Olympics 2014

Chinese aerialist, Xu Mengtao aiming for historic gold

Since her performance at Beida Lake (CHN) on 17 December 2010, Xu Mengtao has only twice failed to finish on the podium in the FIS Freestyle Skiing World Cup. In Deer Valley, on 10 January 2014, the Jilin-born aerialist extended her number of top-three finishes during that period to 20 (including11 victories). In total, since finishing third on her international debut as a 16-year-old in 2006 (also at Beida Lake), she has amassed 14 wins and 26 podium appearances in 36 competitive outings. She also has a World Cup title to her name, having topped the overall standings in 2012-2013,…
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Sochi 2014 Torch Relay nears conclusion

On Monday, the flame toured Maykop – approximately 260km from Sochi – with Torchbearers including Olympic weightlifting champion Mukharby Kirzhinov, Olympic handball silver medallist Anna Kareyeva and Paralympic shooting medallist Valery Ponomarenko. Krasnodar, meanwhile, saw a record number of Torchbearers in a single day, with 345 people enjoying the opportunity to carry the Olympic flame along a 63km route around the city. Among the Torchbearers were Olympic handball champion Eduard Koksharov, artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet group Sergei Filin and Viktor Zakharchenko, the artistic director of the Kuban Cossack Choir. The final Torchbearer of the day was Irina…
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IOC announces the Young Reporters for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games

Following the success of the first programme launched at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Young Reporters were again selected by the Continental Associations of National Olympic Committees through a rigorous selection process. Representing each of the five continents, they are between the ages of 18 and 24 and are journalism students or have recently started their journalism careers. The initiative, which is one of the elements which make the YOG such a unique event and demonstrates the IOC's commitment to encouraging young people all over the world to be part of the YOG spirit, was developed as part…
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