Sochi Olympic Officials Shadowing Winter Games NZ

Posted By: The Ski Channel on June 28, 2011 8:23 am

LAKE WANAKA, New Zealand – 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games is playing a supporting role to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics with two key officials from Sochi using the event to gain additional experience in their roles.

Aleksandra Savilov, the Sochi snowboard and freeski venue manager, and Alexander Adamyants, the Sochi sports manager – snowboard, will be  going to shadow the Winter Games NZ staff. In particular, Savilov and Adamyants will be shadowing Jane Todd, the WGNZ venue manager, and Mags Helles who is the WGNZ sports manager, for the duration of 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games. The Russian representatives will be specifically joining the Winter Games NZ staff in assistant roles and be involved in the day to day running of Winter Games throughout August.

“This is a hugely valuable exchange of knowledge for both sides,” said Ms Todd. “They will get experience from us and take that knowledge back to Sochi and apply it to their test events next year and ultimately to the Winter Olympics in 2014. Plus we get a fascinating insight into how they run their events and how the preparation for Sochi is progressing.”

In addition to working on Winter Games NZ, the two Russian representatives will also present to a delegation of SPARC event managers who will attend 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games on the final weekend of the event. The Sochi officials will provide the event managers with an update from Sochi and how preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympics are progressing.

“Having Aleksandra and Alexander helps develop the tie between New Zealand and the Russian Olympic Committee. Alexander was here at the last Winter Games and it’s great he wants to return and bring a colleague. We also expect to see a strong Russian contingent of athletes at Winter Games,” Mags Helles remarked.

The 100% Pure New Zealand Winter Games takes place from 12-28 August 2011, and will be featuring 22 snow and ice sports over 38 events. There will be 1,000 elite athletes competing from 50 nations. The 16-day long Games also includes Downtown Sessions festival program featuring films, live music and entertainment and rail jam extravaganzas in Queenstown, Lake Wanaka, Dunedin and Methven. The on-snow competition will take place at Coronet Peak, Cardrona Alpine Resort, Snow Park NZ, Snow Farm and Mt Hutt with the ice sports taking place at Naseby and Dunedin.

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