Sanki Sliding Center Photos

Photo by Dkarkos.

Photo by Dkarkos.

Events at the Sliding Center Sanki (Санки) — located 60 km (37 mi) northeast of Sochi — can be watched by 9,000 spectators. The bobsleigh, skeleton and luge track winds its way across the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, in the village of Krasnaya Polyana. The overall length of the track is 1,814 meters (1.13 miles), 314 meters of which is taken up by the braking area.

Maximum speed is 135 Kilometres / hour (84 miles / hour) as the track replicates the existing relief in the local area, with its highest point being located at 836 meters above sea level and its lowest point at 704 meters. The athletes’ security is ensured by a radius of turns and three negative slopes, which slow them down.

The International Bobsleigh and Tobogganing Federation (FIBT) Bobsleigh and Skeleton World Cup was the third international test event to be held at the Sanki Sliding Center by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, following the International Training Weeks in luge (November 2012) and in bobsleigh and skeleton (in February 2013).

“The venue is fantastic, it’s something like no other. There is an undercover area to warm up, it’s fantastic. You won’t have problems with snow here as the track is fully covered, it’s got good access to coaches and support staff who are watching and filming, which is really-really good. There are lots of people helping, everything seems to be running pretty well.” – Lucy Chaffer, skeleton athlete from Australia

The President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said “Today’s event sees the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee ramp up the testing of the Olympic services facilities and services into top gear. This is a complex process, given it demands the involvement of a large number of people from across several organizations and departments.”

Georg Hackl, 3-time Olympic champion and coach of the German national team said “It’s clear that a lot of work has been done on the track in Sochi, and for that reason the state of the ice and its quality are in good condition. Another important aspect is the fact that a sufficient number of safety measures have already been implemented, and safety staff brought in, and all this is going to be put to the test on several more occasions, and further perfected should the need arise.”

Sanki Olympic Sliding Center Photos

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