Voices from Russia

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Sochi 2014 Launches New Paralympic Games Emblem on Russia’s First Ever International Paralympic Winter Day

Filed under: disabilities,international organisations,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

Logo of the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi

Today, Sochi 2014 officially presented its new Paralympic logo and emblem at a press conference followed by a major event in Red Square to celebrate Russia’s first ever International Paralympic Winter Day. The President of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Sir Phillip Craven, joined Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Zhukov; Sochi 2014 President and CEO Dmitri Chernyshenko; Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov; RF Commissioner for Human Rights and President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, Vladimir Lukin, and UN Special Advisor on Sport for Development and Peace Wilfried Lemke; in taking part in the brand launch and Paralympic Winter Day celebrations.

The new emblem for the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games follows the same typography as the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games emblem unveiled to the world on 1 December, and incorporates the Paralympic Symbol, the three Agitos in red, blue and green, symbolising the fact that Paralympic athletes are constantly inspiring and exciting the world with their performances, always moving forward and never giving up.

The digital nature of the emblem, with Russia’s web domain address .ru, will help the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and its stakeholders to reach out around the world to new and younger audiences. The digital platforms Sochi 2014 provides will give the Paralympic Movement a different type of accessibility where we can propel information and education about the Paralympic Movement rapidly around the world.

Dmitri Chernyshenko, President and CEO of Sochi 2014, said, “The new Sochi 2014 Paralympic brand and emblem will act as a gateway to the future of the Paralympic Movement in Russia. As well as by participating in major events such as Paralympic Winter Day, by leveraging the massive rise in social networking through sites such as Facebook and Twitter, Sochi 2014 can be the catalyst for greater awareness, networking and sharing of information about values of the Paralympic Movement within the Russian digital space. In particular, we believe this will bring enhanced opportunities for integration with IPC content on platforms like YouTube and ParalympicSport.TV. As a result, Russia will become more aware of people with a disability and their achievements and, in turn, Russia will become more accessible. The Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games brand will allow the IPC and the Russian Paralympic Committee to drive change in Russian society and create a global best practise model for the future”.

Paralympic Day Gala Opening Ceremony

President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- ) with Honoured Artist of Russia Diana Gurtskaya (1979- ) at the Paralympic Day ceremonies. Ms Gurtskaya, a well-known pop singer from Abkhazia, is one of the Ambassadors for the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. Earlier this year, the Brits refused her a visa due to her blindness… they relented after the press exposed their fraud.

Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandr Zhukov opened Russia’s first International Paralympic Winter Day. Welcoming guests for the event, International Paralympic Committee (IPC) President, Sir Philip Craven, said, “The Paralympic Movement has come a long way, and today the athletes are ready to show all spectators here on Red Square, just what they are made of. We, at the International Paralympic Committee constantly portray our four values of Courage, Determination, Inspiration, and Equality. Today we will see where they come from, and the impact that they just might have on everyone. It is not only for the athletes to show – everyone has the chance to test their own skills throughout the day. I hope that the celebration of Paralympic Winter Day will become a tradition in Russia and a further catalyst for positive change in the country”.

“Peace Will Come” sung by Honoured artist of Russia Diana Gurtskaya

Throughout the day, visitors to Red Square were able to discover more about the Paralympic Movement and its history, and had the chance to experience what the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games will be like, in a special exhibition pavilion with interactive sports’ presentation. Interactive exhibits highlighted plans to create a barrier-free environment for the 2014 Games, and presented cutting-edge technological innovations designed to improve life for the 13 million disabled people in Russia. The memorable day also saw performances by speed skaters, Russian pop stars and figure skaters, as well as an Ice Sledge Hockey match. All guests and participants also had the opportunity to take part in workshops on Ice Sledge Hockey, perhaps, generating new athletes on the road to stardom.

Here’s another number by Ms Gurtskaya

Mr Chernyshenko added, “Today is a historic day! International Paralympic Winter Day demonstrates our commitment to ensuring equal opportunities for 13 million disabled people in Russia. Achieving this will require a combination of the correct attitude and the correct infrastructure, and Sochi 2014 is working tirelessly to provide a showcase of both for the benefit of the region, Russia, and the world”.

Paralympic Day also incorporated an awards ceremony, named Back to Life. The Russian Paralympic Committee organised the awards to recognise athletic achievements in both national and international competition during 2009. They announced winners in ten categories, each reflecting a particular achievement or quality.

New Sochi 2014 Ambassadors

Sergei Shilov (1970- ), Honoured Master of Sport of Russia, Paralympic skier

The Sochi 2014 Ambassador programme welcomed three new members today, each of whom will become a “face” and key advocate of Russia’s first Winter Games. Top Russian fashion model and keen philanthropist Natalia Vodianova, who fronted campaigns for Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel; legendary Cross-Country skier and quadruple Paralympic champion Sergei Shilov; and singer Diana Gurtskaya each received a special certificate marking their status.

The trio joins 2008 Ice Hockey World champion and two-time NHL MVP, Aleksandr Ovechkin; the Russian Ice Hockey Team; reigning Olympic Bobsled champion, Aleksandr Zoubkov; the Russian Women’s Curling Team; double Olympic Gymnastics champion, three-time Ice Hockey World champion, Sergey Fedorov; Svetlana Khorkina; 2006 Olympic Freestyle Skiing medallist, Vladimir Lebedev; famous Alpinist, Kazbek Khamitsaev; internationally acclaimed conductor, Yuri Bashmet; world-famous conductor, Valery Gergiev; 2009 Ice Dancing World champions, Oksana Domnina and Maksim Shabalin; and 2008 Eurovision Song Contest winner, Dima Bilan; as Sochi 2014 Ambassadors. Sochi 2014 Ambassadors are a selection of sporting and cultural icons that now play a key role in promoting sport and healthy lifestyles in Russia and spreading Olympic and Paralympic values around the world.

New General Partner of the Sochi Paralympic Winter Games

To mark International Paralympic Winter Day, MegaFon, a Tier One Partner of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, was also announced as an official partner of the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. An agreement was signed granting MegaFon the status of a General Partner of the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi until the end of 2014, General Partner of the Russian Paralympic Committee until the end of 2016, and General Partner of the Russian National Paralympic Team for 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016.

Sochi 2014 Paralympic General Partners already signed up are Aeroflot, Rosneft, Bosco Sports, and Volkswagen Group Rus.

12 December 2009

The official site of XXII Olympic Winter Games and XI Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi


Click on the link below for a Vesti (News, the Russian equivalent of CNN) video. It’s in Russian, but it’s only 1:40 in length, so, even if you don’t speak Russian, check it out.



Two Sounds of the Season: One Little Russian, One Western

The first is the Little Russian carol Nova Radost Stala. It is sung throughout all the Russias, usually in its original Little Russian dialect, indeed, a beautiful arrangement of it was made recently by Sergei Tolstokulakov in Siberia (no, he’s not Little Russian… why do you ask such a racist question?). These belong to all Russians… so, if you hear racist nonsense from Galician nationalists, ignore it.

This needs no introduction, it’s the very familiar Silent Night, sung in Moscow BEFORE the fall of the Soviet Union by the very famous and beloved singer Muslim Magometovich Magomayev and his wife, Tamara Sinyavskaya. He was an Honoured Artist of Russia, worked in both pop and classical genres, and was genuinely loved throughout all the Russias. When he died last year in Moscow, thousands turned out to pay their last respects. I would have done so, for he is one of my favourite singers (many other Russians agree with me).

I stand against all haters… it’s why I’m against Baltic neo-Nazis, Galician Uniate nationalist Banderovtsy, Muslim haters, anti-Semites, white supremacists, and American navel-gazers. All of the above… stay away from me and mine. You’ve been warned.

All the rest of decent humanity: Merry Christmas! That’s my holiday, dear. I’ll confide that decent Jews and Muslims would say to me, “That’s right! Merry Christmas to you too!”

He’s the Prince of Peace, after all.


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