Russia post issued a set of stamps dedicated to three winter sports: ice hockey, biathlon and curling, as a part of the XXII Winter Olympics Sochi 2014.
The XXII Winter Olympics Sochi 2014 is going to become a true sports festival. Over 6000 sports men and team members of about 85 countries will be gathering in Sochi in 2014. Sports competitions within the framework of the Olympics will be held from 7 till 23 February 2014, 98 medal sets will be awarded.
Sochi was selected as the host city on July 4, 2007, during the 119th I.O.C. Session held in Guatemala City, defeating bids from Salzburg, Austria, and Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Sochi Olympics will be the first Olympics for Russia since the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Construction in preparation for the Games involves building new venues and modernizing the telecommunications, electric power, and transportation systems of this area. These improvements will include the construction of a new Olympic Park along the coast of the Black Sea in the Imeretin Valley, with several buildings clustered in that area. The venues in Krasnaya Polyana will also be new.
Ice hockey is a team sport played on the ice; there are two teams playing. By passing a puck with sticks the skaters aim to shoot it into the opponent’s net and to protect their own net. The team who score more points wins the game.
Biathlon is a sport combining cross-country skiing and rifle shooting in several shooting rounds. At the moment the Winter Olympics programme includes five biathlon events for men and five events for women: individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start and relay. In addition there is a recent competition biathlon variant – mixed relay.
Curling is a team sporting game played at the ice rink. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy granite stones (“rocks”) towards a circular target marked on the ice (“the house”).
Title: The ??II Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games – Russia
Date of Issue: 1 November 2013
Denominations: 25p x 3