Sochi Mayor Alexey Kopaygorodsky, academician Lev Belousov, Head of the Russian International Olympic University, Alexander Belokobylsky, CEO of the Rosa Khutor Resort, two-time Olympic ice hockey champion and CEO of the Night Hockey League Alexey Kasatonov and Olympic ice hockey champion and member of the Night Hockey League Legends Council Vladimir Myshkin attended the official ceremony of opening.
“This is a significant event for the city of Sochi and for our country because the most interesting pages of the history of the Winter Olympic Games that took place on our planet started from the exhibition, including our Sochi Olympics. The year 2014 was truly momentous for our city. It completely changed externally, and its inhabitants changed internally. The modern infrastructure, the new philosophy of hospitality, the widespread enthusiasm of Sochi residents for physical training and sports, including its winter kinds. All this continues to contribute to the further development and prosperity of Russia's main resort. I thank all the organizers of the exhibition and personally Vladimir Potanin for the unique opportunity to see the legendary exhibits and rediscover the world history of the Olympic Games, the centenary of which we will celebrate in 2024.”
The exhibition is timed to the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and XIII Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, as well as to the 8th anniversary of the XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Games in Sochi. The exposition is based on the Olympic artifacts from the collection of Interros founder, philanthropist, and patron of art Vladimir Potanin. Visitors of the exhibition will see more than 100 unique exhibits: authentic medals, commemorative medals, and other artifacts of all the Winter Olympic Games, starting with the first Games held in Chamonix (France) in 1924.
The Vladimir Potanin Olympic Collection is managed by the Russian International Olympic University (RIOU).
“RIOU continues to carry out its mission of promoting the Vladimir Potanin Olympic Collection,” said Lev Belousov, Rector of the Olympic University. “Its “winter” part, containing artifacts of all the Winter Olympic Games, has been exhibited for the first time since 1924. The history of these objects reflects the path passed by mankind during almost a century, with its dramatic ups and downs, crises, and achievements. There are the fates of the main heroes of the Olympics, the athletes, including those who represented our country and created the glory of national sport, behind each item. It is especially important to show the collection to the younger generation. With the assistance of the Sochi Administration and the Interros and Rosa Khutor companies, special tours of the exhibition have been organized for high school students of the Olympic capital. At the same time, the collection is also displayed in China. A photo exhibition was organized in Beijing, where video materials about the Olympic artifacts are shown.”
The Rosa Khutor resort was not chosen by accident. It was there, on the slopes of the resort, 30 sets of Olympic medals in 15 sports disciplines (skiing, snowboarding, freestyle), almost a third of the total number of sets of medals (98), as well as 32 out of 76 sets of Paralympic medals were fought for during the Sochi Olympics. For the first time in the history of the Olympic Games all the competitions in alpine skiing, freestyle and snowboarding were held at one venue.
“Our resort is a shining example of Sochi 2014's effective legacy,” said Alexander Belokobylsky, CEO of Rosa Khutor Resort. “Rosa Khutor is a favorite vacation spot for Russians today. We host about two million guests annually, providing them with impeccable service, safety, and a unique experience. The exhibition of Olympic artifacts from Vladimir Potanin's collection will undoubtedly become one of the important attractions of our resort. We will return to the incomparable atmosphere of the main sports festival, which changes the lives of people and even cities. Sochi and the dynamic development of its mountain cluster, which is now home to a world-class resort, serve as a vivid example of it.”
“The history of the Winter Olympics in artifacts: from the collection of Vladimir Potanin” will run until March 31, 2022.
The Russian International Olympic University (RIOU) is an educational institution of additional professional education, established following the Memorandum of Understanding between the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). It is founded by the Ministry of Sports and Tourism of the Russian Federation, the ROC, and the Interros group of companies. The University trains specialists in sports management for the Russian and world sports industry, Olympic and Paralympic movements. The Russian MSA (Master of Sports Administration) and the international MSA (Master of Sports Administration), realized together with the Olympic Support Fund and the Vladimir Potanin Charity Fund are the RIOU's flagship annual programs. RIOU also organizes modular training programs and short-term advanced training courses for regional sport managers, sportsmen who called time on career, and seminars on anti-doping, barrier-free environment, international sports law, etc. The campus of the educational institution in Sochi is designed for up to 500 students at a time.
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