A festive ceremony held in front of Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Countdown Clock.
An event celebrating the Olympic Movement and Russian athletes competing in the Sochi Olympics was held today in front of the OMEGA Countdown Clock. Taking part in the festive ceremony, which was organized by OMEGA - the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games - with support from the city government, were the Deputy Governor of the Rostov region Igor Guskov and famous athletes including Olympic figure skating champion Alexei Yagudin.
Opening the ceremony, Guskov said: “The Rostov region attaches great importance to preparing for the Olympics. In order to help local athletes achieve all they can, it is necessary to actively develop and invest in sports. We pay great attention to this with help of experienced Olympic Games partners, including the brand OMEGA, which has been the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games 25 times since 1932”.
Rostov-on-Don is famous for raising numerous Olympic champions who have gone down in the history books of international sporting competition. It is also one of the cities in which OMEGA has set up countdown clocks – a symbol of the Olympic Movement – which are now counting down the days, hours, minutes and seconds to the opening of the Olympic Games in Sochi. Rostov-on-Don is the fourth town after Sochi, Yekaterinburg and Novosibirsk where OMEGA has organized events to celebrate Russian Olympic athletes.
In his address to the crowd, Olympic figure skating champion Alexei Yagudin also noted the role of OMEGA at the Olympics: “I performed at the Olympics in Nagano and Salt Lake City. We, the athletes, have always felt the support of OMEGA, the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games. OMEGA ensures the accuracy and reliability of the results at all the competitions. Sochi will be the 26th Olympic Games for OMEGA!”
The people who gathered around the OMEGA Countdown Clock had a unique opportunity to pose for photographs in real bobsleighs which the brand brought from Switzerland and set up next to the clock for the event.
OMEGA is proud of its close collaboration with the International Olympic Committee, sports federations and athletes, and has developed the state-of-the-art timekeeping and data-handling technology that will be used at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
In addition to Rostov-on-Don, OMEGA Countdown Clocks have been set up in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Nizhniy Novgorod, Novosibirsk, Pyatigorsk, Khabarovsk and Sochi.
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