The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games set a lasting legacy within Russia. Because of the success of the Russia’s first Olympic Games, Russia is now set to host other major sporting eventing, such as the Russian Formula One Grand Prix, the 2016 FIH Ice Hockey World Championships, the 2017 FIBT Bob and Skeleton World Championships, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. The 2014 Sochi Winter Games also led to the creation of the Russian International Olympic University, which will train sports managers. the IOC President states:
There will be many lasting legacies from Sochi 2014, including the RIOU, which is committed to producing graduates of the highest calibre to work in the world of sport. The Olympic Movement as a whole will benefit from the establishment of the university, as, of course, will Russian sport.
The International Olympic Commitee (IOC) holds a 3-day seminar debriefing the technology elements of the games. It has allowed members from Pyeongchang, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo organizing committees to listen to Sochi’s experience with their technology partners. Topics discussed include, results services, technology infrastructure development, telecommunications provision, and spectrum management.
IOC Technology Director, Jean-Benoit Gauthier states:
The Sochi 2014 Games were truly ground-breaking for technology. For example, the Games preparations saw record online engagement by spectators, the creation of an electronic traffic management system and the large-scale development of the mobile and fibre optic networks in the Games region, all of which will deliver a great legacy for the citizens of the region. It was therefore important for us to bring together the experts that delivered and used this technology with those who will need to deliver the solutions for future Games.
Dutch speed skater, Ireen Wüst, wins the gold medal in the 3,000m with a a record breaking time of 4:00.34. This win made her the most successful Dutch athlete in Winter Games history.
I’ve now won gold three times in a row, I can’t believe it. The pressure was enormous. I gave everything. I did not focus on a specific time, I just decided to skate a consistent race.
Fourcade wins the Olympic gold medal in the Men’s Biathlon: Individual event. His final time of 49:31.7 minutes is 12.2 seconds faster than silver medalist Erik Lesser of Germany.
It was a tough race. I knew I could still win despite that mistake. It was a tight victory.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, president and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, debriefs the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. In his speech, he discusses achievements, legacies, and the transfer of knowledge. Chemyshenko and 65 other specialists are available to Pyengchang officials during this four-day event.
It’s a different role for us and it’s a bit sad as it marks the end of a chapter, but we are here to fulfill the final stage of our mission. We learned a lot from previous successful debriefs. We know how important it is to share the vision, the secrets and the details to help the next organizers learn from our achievements and from our mistakes, and we are both proud and happy that we can now contribute to the next Olympic Winter Games.