The celebration was held in front of OMEGA Countdown Clock in Sochi with support from city administration and Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, in cooperation with BOSCO, General Partner of the Olympic Games Sochi 2014, invited Sochi Mayor Anatoly Pakhomov, branch director of the Organizing Committee Sochi 2014 in Sochi Alexey Hraban, the Sochi 2014 Ambassador Ilya Averbukh, and Alexey Voevoda, the Russian bobsledder, two-time Olympic champion, together with residents of the city, to the launch ceremony for the 200-day countdown to the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
With only a little more than six months remaining before the start of the world’s highest-profile winter sporting event, the excitement and anticipation has continued to build as the OMEGA clocks in nine cities around Russia steadily count down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the start of the Opening Ceremony on 7th February 2014.
Opening the 200-day countdown ceremony, Anatoly Pakhomov said, "Due to the fact that among the partners of the Olympic Games is such an experienced company as OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games since 1932, we believe in the absolute success of the upcoming event."
The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will mark the 26th time that OMEGA has assumed the role of Official Timekeeper. The brand is looking forward to providing its services to the IOC and the world’s finest winter athletes.
"We are pleased to partner with OMEGA in preparation for the Olympic Games Sochi 2014. Through this partnership we can be sure that one of the most essential parts of the Games - the timekeeping - will be done at the highest technological level. Innovative technologies that OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, will implement at the Games in Sochi have been successfully tested at all sites and are ready to record the time of the great winnings of the best world’s athletes,"- said Alexey Hraban.
In their appeals to the audience Ilya Averbuch and Alexey Voevoda, noted the importance of the Olympic Games in Sochi for the whole country and the crucial role of OMEGA timekeeping technologies in determining the winners of the competitions.
“We are all waiting for the next Winter Olympic Games Sochi 2014 as a big celebration. Preparation for it has changed the lives of not only Sochi, but the entire country. I believe that the Olympics - is a great opportunity for Russia, all participants and partners, including OMEGA and BOSCO, to show their strength, innovation and skills!” – said Ilya Averbukh.
As the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games, OMEGA is proud of its close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, the sports federations and the athletes, not only in the delivery of its timekeeping and data handling services but in creating and providing sophisticated technology that will be used at the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi.
In addition to Sochi, OMEGA Countdown clocks are ticking in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Pyatigorsk, Novosibirsk and Khabarovsk. The clocks have been designed to reflect the spirit of the dynamically growing and inimitable city of Sochi, famed for its unique combination of contrasting landscapes from majestic mountains to picturesque Black Sea beaches.
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