Former hockey players Vyacheslav Fetisov and Andrey Nikolishin talk about what hockey fans can expect to see in Sochi.
OMEGA was pleased to invite Russia’s Vyacheslav Fetisov and Andrey Nikolishin– two of hockey’s big names – and Mikhail Zakharov, the Press Secretary of the Russian hockey team, to the OMEGA Pavilion on 15 February. The Russian hockey experts gave insight into their sport and offered predictions for the USA versus Russia Olympic hockey match that took place later in the day.
With his back-to-back Stanley Cup victories, two Olympic golds (1984, 1988), one Olympic silver (1980) and seven World Championship titles, Mr Fetisov is known as one of the most decorated hockey players in the world. Following his career as a player on the ice, he coached the Russian Olympic team at the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympic Winter Games and currently serves as the chairman for the World Anti-Doping Athletes Committee. He was also an active member of the bidding committee that presented Sochi as the host of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games to the IOC in 2007. Underscoring his Olympic Games contributions and success, Mr Fetisov was chosen as one of the flag bearers at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony.
Describing these Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Mr Fetisov said that of the ten Olympic Games he has experienced, the atmosphere and the vibe in the host city make these Games stand out from the rest.
World Champion and Olympic bronze medallist Andrey Nikolishin began his professional career with HC Dynamo Moscow. He played in his home country for four years before being named Russian Player of the Year for the 1993-94 season and joining the NHL’s Hartford Whalers. Mr Nikolishin represented Russia in the 1993 and 1994 World Championships and the Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
Mr Zakharov, who has worked as the Press Secretary of the Russian team for four years, was asked to describe the energy of the players as the big game drew nearer. Through a translator he explained that today the players are focused on the team’s plan and its ultimate goal.
“Victory is the only goal for the Russian national team right now,” he said.
Asked about their predictions for the USA versus Russia showdown, the three experts said that while it’s difficult to predict the score they believed that the game would certainly be an interesting one and they looked forward to showing support for their country.
Raynald Aeschlimann, OMEGA Vice President and International Sales Director, drew a comparison between the Olympians that have visited the OMEGA Pavilion and the brand’s legacy, saying: “I think one of the most important values that all these legends have is that they make people emotional. That’s why they stay famous and that’s why they are so important to everybody,” he said.
He added: “For [OMEGA] to be linked with the Olympic Games also means we are associated with these [Olympic legends]. They are famous and they are famous for being good people, not just for winning medals but for encouraging others to dream about something.”
The OMEGA Pavilion
The two-storey building will serve as the brand’s pop-up home for the duration of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. OMEGA will host a number of events at the Pavilion including watchmaking demonstrations and question-and-answer sessions with a number of its prominent brand ambassadors. The OMEGA Pavilion is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.
OMEGA and the Olympic Games
OMEGA was the first company to be entrusted with the Official Timekeeping of all the events included in the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games. Our association with the Games has led to more than 80 years of pioneering developments in the field of sports timekeeping and in Sochi we will assume the responsibilities of Official Timekeeper for the 26th time.
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