6 February 2014, 11:16

One day before Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics - LIVE UPDATES

One day before Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics - LIVE UPDATES

Only one day is left before the opening ceremony of Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic games. Officials, sportsmen and tourists from all over the world keep coming to the city to attend the main sports event of the year. Meanwhile, the first competition got under way at the Sochi Winter Games as the sport of slopestyle made its Olympic debut.

  • 03:57
    Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the role of close contacts and mutual understanding with the International Olympic Committee in the fulfillment of Russia’s obligations assumed in Guatemala for the preparation for the Sochi Olympic Games.
  • 02:04
    President Vladimir Putin will open the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on Friday, February 7. The ceremony will begin at Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, at 20:14 Moscow time. Putin will address the athletes and guests and then declare the Games open.
  • 01:53
    International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said Thursday he was really impressed with the changes that had taken place in the city of Sochi over the several years of preparations for the 22nd Winter Olympic Games opening Friday. He also pointed out Russian hospitality.
  • 01:17
    Czech President Milos Zeman and his wife Ivana have left Prague for Sochi onboard the government Airbus plane, the presidential administration chief said on Thursday. The Czech delegation to the Sochi Olympic Games includes Marcel Chladek, the Czech minister of education, youth and sport.
  • 01:16
    Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov will attend the official opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi on February 7 at the invitation of the International Olympic Committee, the Turkmen president’s press service said.
  • 00:48
    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich left for the Russian Federation on a working visit on Thursday. "His itinerary there envisages his participation in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi," the presidential press service said.
  • 00:47
    Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliev and his wife Mekhriban left for Sochi on Thursday to attend the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games, the Azerbaijani president’s website reports.
  • 23:33
    Russian team is leading after the first day of competition in the team tournament skating at the Olympic Games in Sochi. After two rounds Russians lead with 19 points. Second place goes to Canada (17 points), then China (15 points).
  • 21:55

    Russian national team became second in a figure skating team tournament on the Olympics, after Evgeni Plushenko had performed his short male skating program. Plushenko, who was the Olympic champion of 2006, received 91,39 points

    Photo: RIA

  • 20:48
    US freestyler Heide Closer, who entered in the mogul tournament at the 22nd Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, received an injury in the course of a practice drill, the Olympic News Service said
  • 20:38

    Here are some more photos of Russia's Evgeny Plushenko performing at Sochi-2014:

    Photo: RIA

  • 19:56

    Evgeny Plushenko has started his performance

    Photo: RIA

  • 19:42
    Russian Olympic champion Evgeny Plushenko has started his warm-up session. He is going to be the fourth to perform
  • 19:26
    Canadian snowboarder Spencer O’Brien said on Thursday she was excited and happy that women snowboard slopestyle made its Olympic debut at the 2014 Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi.
  • 19:04
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping wished Russian and Chinese athletes victories at the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi
  • 18:25

    Russian national culring team arrives in Sochi


    © Photo: RIA Novosti

  • 18:23
    "Outside the impressions are great because of the weather, it is spring here and on the plane we were told that the weather is 5 degrees above Celsius, but actually it is warmer – it is 10 degrees Celsius, and to me after Moscow it feels even warmer," said VoR correspondent.
  • 18:22
    At the airport everone is welcomed by the team of volunteers who are singing "we are happy that you arrived in Sochi." So, you can feel like a real sportsman, said Artem Tikhomirov, the VoR very own correspondent in Sochi.
  • 17:54
    All the 49 energy facilities planned to be built in Sochi by the Olympic Games have been in operation since Jan. 20, the Russian Energy Ministry reports.
  • 17:42
    “It’s big honor for me to join in the great event,” the minister said.
  • 17:42
    “I’d like to wish peace. This is my job to do so that there were fewer problems and conflicts. Joy and calm should be more. What I can wish all people,” Lavrov said.
  • 17:41
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has wished all people peace, calm and fewer conflicts expecting the openness of the Olympic Games 2014 in Sochi.
  • 17:24
    The network's peak data transfer speed is up to 60 megabytes per second from a base station to a subscriber and up to 20 megabits per second in the opposite direction.
  • 17:24
    Forty LTE standard base stations have so far been set up in the Alpine and coastal clusters in Sochi.
  • 17:24
    Russia's Rostelecom has launched a 4G (LTE standard) network in Sochi, the company said in a statement.
  • 17:12

    2014 Winter Olympics. Biathlon. Men. Training sessions


    © Photo: RIA Novosti

  • 17:03
    Coach of famous Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko said he realizes that the current 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will be the last for the talented athlete. “I understand that this will be the last Olympics for him,” Alexei Mishin said. “But life in the figure skating is very long and I am sure that our cooperation will not come to a stop (after the Sochi Olympics).”
  • 16:41

    Figure skating training sessions at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 16:33

    Vladimir Putin meets with Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon.

  • 16:31

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon took part in the Olympic torch relay in Sochi Thursday, one day before the opening ceremony.

  • 16:16

    A record number of world dignitaries are coming to the Sochi Olympics, triple the amount that attended the 2010 Vancouver Games, Russian organizers said Thursday on the eve of the opening ceremony.

  • 16:14

    Russia's Foreign Ministry called on all warring parties around the world to observe an Olympic truce on the eve of the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  • 16:10

    Luge training sessions at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 15:47

    Skeleton training session at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 15:41

    "The weather in Sochi is great! We [volunteers] received our specially designed uniform: jackets, pants and all other stuff. It is really very comfortable. It can be a little bit too cold but it is winter and now it is very sunny," said Anna Vergazova, a volunteer at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, in an interview with the Voice of Russia.

  • 15:32

    Vladimir Putin might hold negotiations with Georgian authorities attending the Winter Olympics, president's press secretary said.

  • 15:27

    Luge training sessions at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 15:10

    Medal contenders Isabel Derungs of Switzerland and Torah Bright of Australia both secured places in the Sochi snowboard slopestyle final Thursday in the debut women's event for the new Olympic discipline.

  • 15:09

    Olympic ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir warned their American rivals Meryl Davis and Charlie White on Thursday that they were not ready to give up their title without a fight.

  • 15:09

    Men's sprint training session at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 14:49

    Short track training sessions at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 14:46

    Austrian Anna Fenninger topped the standings of the first women's Olympic downhill training run on Thursday, but only after a lengthy stoppage as organisers altered the configuration of the final jump.

  • 14:34

    Speed skating trainig session at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 14:27

    Short track training sessions at Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics.

  • 14:14

    Two of the contenders for gold in the men's downhill at the Sochi Olympics, Bode Miller and Aksel Lund Svindal, had words of caution and praise for the course after training runs Thursday.

    Photo: AFP

  • 13:58

    Russian FM Sergey Lavrov carried Olympic flame along Sochi's central streets.

    Photo: RIA

  • 13:45

    Canadian Olympians praise the organization of the 2014 Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort city of Sochi and are all in great mood, an athlete from Canada’s women curling team said on Thursday. Jennifer Jones, whose country hosted the previous Winter Olympics in 2010, said everything was outstanding in Sochi and thanked the organizers of the global sports event, which runs between February 7 and 23.

    Photo: AFP

  • 13:28

    US ski veteran Bode Miller set himself up nicely for a sixth Olympic medal by clocking the fastest time in the first men's downhill training run in Rosa Khutor on Thursday.

    Photo: AFP

  • 13:13

    A Gold medal favorite Max Parrot soared into the final of the men's snowboard slopestyle as the discipline made its debut at the Sochi Winter Olympics on Thursday.

    Photo: AFP

  • 12:56

    Triple Olympic ski jumping champion Thomas Morgenstern was given the go-ahead to compete in the Sochi Games on Thursday, just a month after suffering skull and lung injuries in a horrific fall.

    Photo: AFP

  • 12:38

    Dmitry Kozak, Deputy Russian Prime Minister, reaffirmed during a news conference Thursday that Russian organizers will not discriminate against visitors or athletes because of their sexual orientation.

    Photo: RIA

  • 12:19

    The Ukrainian national flag is due to be raised today at the Olympic Village of the Sochi Mountain Cluster. Team Ukraine is going to bid for podium places in nine disciplines: biathlon, figure skating, luge, freestyle skiing, cross-country, Alpine skiing, snowboard, Nordic combines and short track.

    Photo: EPA

  • 12:02

    The opening training session of the women's downhill skiing was halted after Italy's Daniela Merighetti, who was the third starter down the course, suffered a heavy fall.

    Photo: EPA

  • 11:59

    Armenian president to attend Sochi Games opening ceremony.

    Photo: EPA

  • 11:57

    Fears of jinxing their performances are keeping the young and inexperienced Russian Olympic squad away from the world's press and interviews in the run-up to the Sochi Winter Games, the country's sports minister said Thursday.

    Photo: RIA

  • 11:54

    Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has pledged that comprehensive security will be maintained in the country's Black Sea resort of Sochi and all of the venues hosting the events of the XXII Winter Olympic Games.

    Photo: RIA

  • 11:43

    Russian slopestyle rider Aleksei Sobolev has overcome the men's slopestyle snowboarding qualifying session at the Sochi Olympics and got a chance to compete at the semifinals. During his second jump, the Russian fell but got to the semifinals where 20 athletes will be fighting for a pass to the finals.

    Photo: RIA

  • 11:29

    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday will start a series of meetings with foreign leaders coming here to attend the Olympic events, the Kremlin press service reports.

    Photo: RIA

  • 11:27

    Short track speedskater Jon Eley is to carry the flag for Britain at Friday's opening ceremony at the Sochi 2014 Winter Games.


  • 11:26

    Russia confirmed three-time Olympic medalist Evgeny Plushenko would compete in the team figure skating event in Sochi, while the country would be represented by world champions Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov in the pairs.

    Photo: RIA

  • 11:26

    Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics kick off with slopestyle debut.

    Photo: RIA

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