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Fisht Olympic Stadium
The 2014 Winter Games will take place in the sea resort town of Sochi, Russia. Organizers built an Olympic Park near the coast with venues to host the indoor ice events and ceremonies. A second cluster of venues is located in the mountains a short ride away from the coast. The Fisht Olympic Stadium, which seats 40,000 people, will host the opening and closing ceremonies. Pictured here with the Caucasus Mountains in the background, the stadium was designed to complement the landscape. Take a tour of other key Olympic venues in Sochi in this slide show.
Bolshoy Ice Dome
Ice hockey, among the most popular sports in the Winter Games, will be played under the dome at the Bolshoy Ice Dome in Olympic Park. It seats 12,000 spectators and features an aluminum-paneled dome with 38,000 LED lights. Architects were inspired by a frozen drop of water for its design.
Shayba Arena sits less than 1,000 feet away from Bolshoy, and will also host ice hockey games. In fact, the word "Shayba" means puck in Russian. Many of Team U.S.A.'s hockey games are scheduled for the arena, which can hold 7,000 people. While Bolshoy will stay in Sochi post-games, Shayba Arena will be transported to another Russian city for use after the games.
Iceberg Skating Palace
Designed as a moveable venue, the Iceberg Skating Palace sits in Olympic Park and hosts up to 12,000 people. Figure skating and short track speed skating will hold events here. It will take organizers two hours to adjust the ice when switching between the two sports. The sweeping design is inspired by a figure skater's moves.
Adler Arena Skating Center
Located at the center of the Olympic Park, Adler Arena Skating Center will host speed skating events. The oval-shaped arena features two competition tracks and one training track. The arena walls are mostly transparent to allow for a beautiful view of the Russian landscape outside.
Ice Cube Curling Center
The Ice Cube Curling center will host the sport of curling at the 2014 Games. The center seats 3,000 people and can be moved to another city after the Olympics. Organizers say the venue's simple design is symbolic of democracy and accessibility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
RusSki Gorki Jumping Center
The "mountain cluster" of venues, located about 45 minutes from Olympic Park, will host the outdoor sports. Events in ski jumping and nordic combined will take place at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center. The center is at the junction of two ridges to help protect athletes from side winds. The name "RusSki Gorki" references the shape of the ski jumps and the Russian word for "roller coaster."
Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center
Located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge, the Laura Cross-country Ski and Biathlon Center features two stadiums, two track systems for skiing and biathlon, a shooting area, and warm-up zones. It is named after a choppy river with several waterfalls in the Caucasus Mountains. The center will host Olympic and Paralympic cross-country skiing and biathlon events.
Rosa Khutor Alpine Center and Extreme Park
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Center—with competition tracks totaling about 12 miles—will host all alpine skiing events, including downhill and giant slalom. It is located on the Aibga Ridge, about 50 miles outside Sochi. Snowboarding and freestyle competitions—including halfpipe and the debut slopestyle events—will be located at the Extreme Park.
Sanki Sliding Center
The Sanki Sliding Center is located at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. It will host bobsleigh, luge and skeleton events. Sanki is the Russian word for sledging, or sledding. The smooth ice track, which contains three uphill sections designed to keep athletes at safer speeds, is considered the world's longest course. This picture shows a view of the start zone.