Sochi Olympics: A look at the venues

January, 14, 2014

While Sochi organizers have promised snow will be on the ground despite warm temps in the coastal town, one thing we can say for sure: The venues for the 2014 Winter Olympics will be there.

Here's a look at some of the locales you'll see next month:

Shayba Arena

The Shayba Arena will host ice hockey games and is in close proximity to other ice skating venues. Capacity: 7,000.

Shayba ArenaAP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

Fisht Olympic Stadium

The Olympic Stadium will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and most medal ceremonies. Capacity: 40,000.

FishtMikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images

'Ice Cube' Curling Center

You guessed it -- curling competitions will be held here. The venue is in the center of the "Coastal Cluster," where all of the ice-based venues are located. Capacity: 3,000.

Ice cube curling center AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

Bolshoy Ice Dome

The ice hockey venue is said to be modeled after a "frozen water drop," but spectators may think it resembles a disco dance floor when they see the roof light up in multiple colors at night. Capacity: 12,000.

Ice DomeAP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev

Adler Arena

The oval venue, which will host all speedskating events, has two competition tracks and one practice area. Capacity: 8,000.

Adler ArenaShaun Botterill/Getty Images

'Iceberg' Skating Palace

The futuristic-looking venue will host all figure skating events. Capacity: 12,000.

Iceberg AP Photo/Igor Yakunin

'Rosa Khutor' Alpine Center

The center will host all alpine skiing disciplines: downhill, combined, giant slalom and super-G. Crowd capacity: 7,500. First impressions of the course were good from a year ago (when a World Cup event was held there in February 2012), but some skiers were concerned the jumps were big.

Sochi/Alpine CourseAP Photo/Alessandro Trovati

'Laura' Cross-Country Ski and Biathlon Center

The venue for the cross-country and biathlon events is located within the Psekhako Ridge. "Laura" is in reference to a mountain river of the same name in the area. But the "Laura" story doesn't end there. According to the official Sochi 2014 site: "The name of the river is based on a legend of a young girl Laura who chose death over living with an old prince she did not love. After running away from the prince, Laura jumped of a rock into the river that was later named after her." Crowd capacity: 7,500.

Laura Cross Country and Biathlon CenterKirill Kudryavtsev/AFP/Getty Images

'RusSki Gorki' Jumping Center

The venue will host events for ski jumping and Nordic combined. The name? According to the Sochi 2014 site, "The name 'RusSki Gorki' evokes associations with the shape of the venue, as well as roller coasters that are sometimes referred to as 'Russian mountains' in English." Capacity: 7,500.

RusSki Gorki Ski Jump in Sochi, RussiaJulian Finney/Getty Images

'Rosa Khutor' Extreme Park

The venue will host freestyle skiing and snowboarding events, as the Winter Games begin less than two weeks after the 2014 Winter X Games in Aspen. Capacity: 4,000 for freestyle, 6,250 for snowboarding.

Rosa Khutor Mountain ResortMikhail Mordasov/AFP/Getty Images

Sanki Sliding Center

The venue for all bobsled, luge and skeleton events begins at the Alpika Service Mountain Ski Resort and ends at Rzhanaya Polyana. Capacity: 5,000.

Sanki sliding centreFrancois Xavier Marit/AFP/Getty Images



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