SOCHI, May 15, 2012 - The
rink of the new "Iceberg" Skating Palace was opened for test skating
after 100 days of preparations. Students of the winter sports school in
Sochi, the Olympic champion and Sochi 2014 Ambassador, Tatyana Navka
have had the first chance to test the new ice rink. The first test
events - the Grand prix figure skating final - will take place at
“Iceberg” in December 2012 and in February 2014 the venue will host
Olympic competitions in figure skating and short track.
Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee and State Corporation for Olympic
constructions “Olympstroy” were the organizers of the master-class.
took several days to prepare the Olympic ice rink in Sochi. Firstly,
the cooling equipment was configured. Cooling machines reduced the
temperature of the cooling agent to minus 9-14 °C.
The cold liquid, which does not freeze or crystallize, began to
circulate in the pipes and mounted on concrete slabs. The overall length
of the pipes is over 20 kilometers.
cold concrete surfaces of the rink were covered with water from
hosepipes. Over some hours, the ice was frozen with several thin layers.
The "ground ice" with a thickness of 1.5-2 centimeters was decorated
with white paint, and then another 3 centimeters of ice were added on
the top. The overall thickness of the ice surface totaled 4-5
centimeters. The ice was then finished by hand and the surfaces were
given an even and consistent shape.
order to control the condition of the ice, special detectors were
installed which record any change in temperature at separate parts of
the rink. Overall, approximately 100 days were needed for the
configuration and testing of the rinks. Most of the time was spent in
installing engineering slabs for the freezing of the ice. These
consisted of multi-layered ice cakes made from various materials,
including pipes and high density frost resistant concrete. The concrete
is able to withstand 200 freezing-unfreezing cycles. Taking into account
the fact that the rinks are frozen once a year, the concrete will last a
minimum of 200 years.
The Sochi 2014 Ambassador, Olympic champion Tatyana Navka commented:“It
was a special feeling, going out on the Olympic ice for the first time.
In less than two years, I hope to see Russian figure skaters win not
one gold medal on this ice. My task is to do everything I can to ensure
the rebirth of sport in Russia, to encourage everyone to become more
involved in sport, especially disadvantaged children from across Russia.
It was great to see the students of the Winter Sports School in Sochi
on the “Iceberg” ice today, and I hope they will fulfill their
of the first Olympic ice, under the leadership of Tatyana Navka, were
carried out by approximately 700 students. The school, founded in
December 2010, offers 14 Winter Olympic sports disciplines, including
bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, hockey, figure skating, cross country skiing,
alpine skiing, snowboarding and curling. In total, there are 34 teacher
trainers working at the school. The school’s success is reflected in
its results and it will become an important part of the Sochi 2014
legacy. Two female students have already been accepted in the Russian
General Partner of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Bosco Sport, provided the uniform for the lessons.
"Iceberg" Skating Palace is designed for the staging of competitions in
figure skating and short track. It has a capacity of 12,000 spectators
and will be the venue for the first test events - the figure skating
Grand Prix final, taking place in December 2012, and the Short Track
World Cup Stage in February 2013.