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Russia Oly Security
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Summary: Winter Olympics venue chief says security will be at highest level for Games
Story No: 892977
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Date: 05/22/2013 12:00 PM
People: David Cameron
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Moscow - May 22, 2013

1. Wide of Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee, talking to journalists

2. Close of recording devices

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee:

"This question was raised about the security. And the answer was traditional, which was proven by our observer from the International Olympic Committee, that the security is at the highest possible level and the state is doing the utmost to deliver the most safest Games ever."

4. Mid of journalists

5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of Sochi 2014 Olympic Committee:

"You know, there are terrorist threats, and this is a global challenge, this has no geography, it could be everywhere, and the Boston tragedy is proven point for that. But I do believe that Sochi, which used to be the safest city, where more than a hundred different nationalities (are) traditionally living in peace, will be safe for the Games' time as well."

6. Wide of Chernyshenko talking to journalists

7. Chernyshenko leaving

FILE: Sochi - February 2013

8. Mid of snowboarders carrying equipment

9. Mid of people going through security check

10. Close up of belongings being screened

11. Wide of skier leaving security check area

12. Skier getting into cable car

13. Wide of mountains covered with snow shot from cable car

14. Wide of buildings on mountain under construction

15. Wide of snowboarder going down hill

16. Wide of interior of Olympic Adler Speed skating centre where short track competitions will be held

17. Digital screen showing short track competition

18. Wide of Fisht Olympic Stadium where opening, closing and award ceremonies will take place, under construction

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Organisers of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games said on Wednesday that the event will take place with security at the "highest possible level".

A deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon in April has revived fears of security arrangements at the 2014 Games in Sochi, the resort town on the edge of Russia's restive southern provinces which have been engulfed in Islamic insurgency.

Sochi organising committee leader Dmitry Chernyshenko told journalists in Moscow on Wednesday that the Russian government is "doing the utmost to deliver the most safest Games ever".

He said that the Boston bombing proved that security is a "global challenge", but described Sochi as a place "where more than a hundred different nationalities traditionally live in peace" and said he believed it would remain safe for the Winter Games.

British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Sochi earlier this month and pledged his country's cooperation with Russia to boost security preparations for the games, which take place in February 2014.

The mountains of Sochi themselves, meanwhile, are now home to Potanin's slope, Gazprom's gondola lift and Sberbank's ski jump.

The nicknames used by locals and an army of construction workers leave no doubt about who is paying for the 2014 Winter Games: Russia's business powerhouses.

Other countries that have hosted the Olympics have overwhelmingly used public funds to pay for the construction of needed venues and new infrastructure.

The Russian government, however, has got state-controlled companies and tycoons to foot more than half of the bill, which now stands at 51 billion US dollars (39.4 billion euros) and makes the 2014 Winter Games by far the most expensive Olympics in history.

In contrast, the much-larger 2012 Summer Olympics in London cost about 14.3 billion US dollars (11.1 billion euros) and the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing cost about 40 billion US dollars (31 billion euros).

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Summer Olympic games, Snowboarding, Short track speed skating, Olympic games, College sports, Events, Sports, Skating, Government and politics
People: David Cameron
Organisations: Russia Olympic Team, Russia government
Locations: Moscow, Moscow, Russia
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Russia Olympics
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Summary: Reax and analysis as tight Sochi security raises rights concerns
Story No: 918053
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Date: 11/15/2013 11:54 AM
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Russia's pledge to host the "the safest Olympics in history" at the Sochi Winter games in 2014, is creating more concerns that authorities are stifling dissent and violating privacy.

Organisers have introduced some of the most extensive identity checks and sweeping security measures ever seen at an international sports event.

Anyone wanting to attend the opening of the games on February 7 will have to buy an online ticket where spectators will be asked to provide passport details and contacts so that authorities can screen who's allowed in.

American expat Lara McCoy Roslof, who has been living in Moscow for several years, appeared resigned to the lengthy security procedures, as she bought tickets for the games.

"Everything they do to prevent people from getting access to the site is probably a good thing. Maybe it's overkill, but I feel, as an American, since 9/11 we've given up so many of our, you know, privacy, rights in the name of security," she said.

The Kremlin says the measures are needed to prevent the threat of attacks, but independent security analyst, Andrei Soldatov, says the checks will do little to deter homegrown threats.

"Obviously this kind of pass and this kind of measure might stop some people to go to (going to) the Olympics," he said.

"But these kind of measures cannot deal with the people who actually live in the area or might live close to the area, I mean, for example, people who live in the North Caucasus."

Organisers are concerned about security because of Sochi's close proximity to the troubled North Caucasus region of Russia.

A deadly suicide bombing in Volgograd which killed six last month highlighted the security risks Sochi faces.

The tens of thousands of police, security agents and army troops to be deployed in Sochi are twice as many as during the London Summer Games.

Analysts say that the security zone created around Sochi stretches approximately 100 kilometres (60 miles) along the Black Sea coast and up to 40 kilometres inland.

Russian forces include special troops equipped for patrolling the forested mountains towering over the resort, speed boats to

patrol the coast and state-of-the art sonars to spot submarines.

The security regime includes a ban on the entry of all cars from outside the zone starting one month before the games and ending only one month after they end.

Vehicles involved in servicing the Olympics but registered elsewhere need special passes.

Inside the Sochi security zone, the government has a list of more than 600 facilities to be put under special protection months before the games.

Along with the Olympic facilities, bridges, railway tunnels and depots, the list includes Sochi schools, kindergartens, hospitals, hotels, restaurants and stores.

Russian security agencies have developed a massive surveillance system that critics say will allow them to intercept any phone calls and Internet traffic, with a particular emphasis on Sochi.

Months before the games, security agencies have moved to expel some of those whom they consider unwelcome.

In particular, police have conducted sweeping document checks among thousands of migrant workers who were recruited to build Olympic facilities and deported many, drawing criticism from rights groups.

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Moscow - 13 November 2013

1. Close-up of laptop screen showing website to buy Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games tickets

2. Wide of Lara McCoy Roslof, English language newspaper editor, looking at laptop screen

3. Various of Roslof at work on her laptop

4. SOUNDBITE (English) Lara McCoy Roslof, English language newspaper editor:

"Everything they do to prevent people from getting access to the site is probably a good thing. Maybe it's overkill, but I feel, as an American, since 9/11 we've given up so many of our, you know, privacy, rights in the name of security from taking off shoes at airports to having everything searched, to having our emails searched for the NSA (National Security Agency). At this point I am kind of pretty much open to whatever."

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FILE: Sochi - 25 September 2013

5. Wide of Sochi Olympic Park

6. Exterior of Iceberg skating palace

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FILE: Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi - February 2013

7. Mid of snow boarders walking along embankment at Roza Khutor accommodation area

8. Mid of people going through security check point before getting onto cable cars

9. Close-up of belongings going through screening

10. Wide of security check point area

11. Mid of skier getting into cable way car

12. Wide top shot of mountains covered with snow, shot from cable car

13. Wide of skier going down the hill

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Moscow - 13 November 2013

14. Set up of Andrei Soldatov, independent Security Analyst

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Andrei Soldatov, Independent Russian Security analyst:

"I think this kind of measure cannot guarantee that everything would be right because in this case we deal mostly with threats posed by some foreigners. Because obviously this kind of pass and this kind of measures might stop some people to go to the Olympics, to go to the city from other countries. But these kind of measures cannot deal with the people who actually live in the area or might live close to the area, I mean, for example, people who live in the North Caucasus."

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FILE: Rostov-on-Don region - July 2013

16. Mid of armed Russian troops moving behind armoured vehicle

17. Mid pan of troops behind armoured vehicle

18. Mid of soldiers shooting

19. Wide of tanks driving in field

20. Mid pan of soldiers sitting on moving armoured vehicle

21. Mid of soldiers getting into helicopter

22. Wide of helicopter taking off

23. Zoom in to helicopter flying away

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Subjects: Winter Olympic games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
Locations: Sochi, Moscow, Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Eastern Europe, Europe
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Russia Oly Weather
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Summary: Fears of a shortage of snow at winter Olympic venue
Story No: 929218
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Date: 02/01/2014 04:38 PM
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From its snow-capped peaks to palm-fringed shores, Sochi's wide variations in climate pose a daily challenge for Russian meteorologists.

While an early lack of snow in the mountains has been overcome by recent falls on higher slopes, the coastal area remains relatively mild, without a snowflake in sight.

On Saturday Sochi's forecasters predicted 'comfortable' conditions for the opening of the Olympic Games next Friday.

They are combining observations from an array of weather radars and a 100-year-old meteorological station in the mountains at Krasnaya Polyana.

The information on weather patterns is then analyzed by forecasters at the Mountain Cluster Meteorological Centre.

Their detailed forecasts are being used by Olympic officials, technical staff and competitors.

Even the experts admit predicting Sochi's weather poses particular challenges, as maximums could vary from 20 Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) to -20 Celsius (-4 Fahrenheit)

"The weather changes in the sea cluster and in the mountain cluster very fast and it is very difficult to make exact forecasts," said Alexander Milnichuck, head of the radar forecasting group.

New radar arrays were installed in the mountains of Sochi four years ago to help research weather patterns.

Five additional weather reporting stations have also been set up at Olympic venues.

Chief Olympic Meteorologist Valery Lukyanov said temperatures in Krasnaya Polyana were expected to fall to between minus 2 Celsius (28.4 Fahrenheit) to 2 Celsius (35.6 Fahrenheit) at night, and could reach as high as 10 Celsius (50 Fahrenheit) on odd days.

"High in the mountains at the stadiums where the ski races and biathlon are held the night temperature in the first half of February will be -3 (26.6 Fahrenheit) to -8 Celsius (17.6 Fahrenheit) and during the day zero (32 Fahrenheit) or plus 5 Celsius (41 Fahrenheit)," he said.

The mountain sports centre of Krasnya Polyana lies about 40 kilometres (24 miles) inland from Sochi and its 'coastal cluster' of Olympic venues.

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Krasnaya Polyana

1. Various of snow covered mountains above Sochi

2. Cable car going up to ski slopes

3. Olympic rings in sunshine

4. Weather equipment at 100-year-old Krasnaya Polyana meteorological station

5. Wide of weather recording instruments

6. Meteorologist Valentina Shevchenko walking up to instruments

7. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Valentina Shevchenko, Meteorologist:

"In this box are thermometers that determine minimum and maximum temperatures in Sochi every three hours. And there is also a hydrometer to determine air humidity."

8. Weather instruments

9. Interior of Meteorological Coordination Centre for Sochi Olympics

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Alexander Milnichuk, head of radar group of the Meteorological Coordination Centre for the Sochi Olympics:

"The weather changes in the Sea Cluster and in the Mountain Cluster very fast, and it is very difficult to make exact forecasts."

11. Close up of fingers on temperature chart

12. Wide of forecasting station

Sochi

13. Various of fountains and visitors enjoying park on coast

14. Wide of chief Olympic meteorologist Valery Lukyanov

15. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Valery Lukyanov, Chief Olympic Meteorologist:

"In Krasnaya Polyana the night temperatures will be from minus 2 Celsius to plus 2 Celsius and during the day the temperature will be plus 5, and on certain days even plus 10 Celsius. High in the mountains at the stadiums where the ski races and biathlon are held the night temperature in the first half of February will be minus 3 to minus 8 Celsius and during the day zero or plus 5 Celsius"

16. Wide of seafront promenade at Sochi

17. Woman taking photograph

18. Mid of men fishing

19. People walking along promenade with Olympic rings in background

20. Waves crashing onto beach

21. Wide of seafront cafe with palm trees

22. Close up of palm tree

23. Woman drinking coffee and watching sea

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Subjects: 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Winter weather, Weather, Mountains, Biathlon, Weather patterns, Olympic games, Events, General news, Environment and nature, Sports, Climate
Locations: Krasnaya Polyana, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Sochi Hotels
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Summary: IOC urges Russian organisers to ensure completion of hotels by start of Games
Story No: 929342
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Date: 02/02/2014 04:42 PM
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is urging Russian Olympic organisers to ensure that unfinished hotels in the mountains above Sochi are completed in time for the Games.

According to the Sochi Organising Committee, only six of the nine media hotels in the mountain area are fully operational.

Associated Press reporters also inspected several tourist hotels which are still under construction.

It was not clear how many other visitors could be affected by the delays.

The matter was being examined on Sunday at a meeting of the International Olympic Committee executive board.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said most of the work still to be completed at the media hotels was minor.

"We have as I understand it a few hotels that are not completely, fully ready. That doesn't mean they are empty shells with no beds or whatever, it means that one or two aspects are not quite finished yet,' he said.

The IOC said anyone who could not check into their room would be transferred to another hotel of equal or higher standard.

The Russian government has spent 51 billion US dollars on the Olympics in the hopes of turning the Black Sea summer resort into a year-round tourism destination.

Organisers estimate that up to 6,000 people from the media will be arriving in Sochi on Monday.

While many areas around Sochi still lack landscaping, the main Olympic Park is complete, with only finishing touches still being applied.

On Sunday, workers abseiled from the top of the iconic Olympic cauldron to replace several panels affected during test firing of the Olympic flame.

The Games will open on Friday.

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Krasnaya Polyana

1. Wide of construction works at "Gorki Panorama" hotel

2. Mid shot of worker on crane working at facade

3. Wide of workers fixing pavement at entrance

4. Mid shot of construction works around hotel

5. Mid of managerial staff looking at hotel

6. Wide of worker on crane at fa�ade

7. Construction workers and machinery outside hotel

Sochi

8. News conference at Main Media Centre

9. Reporter taking photo on mobile phone

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Adams, Communications Director, International Olympic Committee (IOC):

"I would say this of course, but I think we need to get this slightly into context. We have as I understand it a few hotels that are not completely, fully ready. That doesn't mean they are empty shells with no beds or whatever, it means that one or two aspects are not quite finished yet."

Krasnaya Polyana

10. Mid pan across power shovel and supplies stacked at entrance of "Swissotel" hotel

11. Close up of supplies stacked

12. Wide shot of works at and around facade of "Solis Sochi Suites", workers passing

13. Mid of workers cleaning windows

14. Mid shot of workers at truck in front of "Dolina" hotel

15. Wide of construction vehicles outside mountain hotels

Sochi

16. SOUNDBITE (English) Mark Adams, Communications Director, International Olympic Committee (IOC):

"Everyone has been given a room the same or better; those that are without the room they originally booked, the same or better than the one they already had, and the accommodation will be ready come the Games, when the Games start. Every Games has, you know, some last minute issues, these ones are being handled, and handled, in my opinion, seem to be being handled very well."

17. Pan of Olympic rings and Olympic cauldron in central plaza of Olympic Park

18. Workers abseiling from top of Olympic cauldron to replace metal panels

19. Journalist taking photograph

20. Workers fixing panels at top of cauldron

21. Sun shining over Bolshoy Ice Dome

22. Olympic rings on front of Bolshoy Ice Dome

22. Sochi flags and palm trees at Olympic Park

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Subjects: Hotels and resorts, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Sports governance, Olympic games, Accommodations, Travel, Lifestyle, Events, Sports
Organisations: International Olympic Committee
Locations: Krasnaya Polyana, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Oly Wrap
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Summary: Olympic flame arrives in Sochi city centre, fan arrivals at first figure skating competition
Story No: 930047
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Date: 02/06/2014 04:49 PM
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The Olympic flame arrived in the centre of Sochi on Thursday afternoon, ahead of the start of the 2014 Winter Games.

Dmitry Chernyschenko, the president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee, carried the torch through the heart of the Russian city and lit a flame on stage, cheered by a large crowd of celebrating fans.

Meanwhile, amid heightened security, excited fans started to arrive for one of the first events at the Games - a team figure-skating competition.

One visitor from Columbus, Ohio said the security in Sochi was "unbelievable, very good, excellent".

"It's everywhere, everywhere, every place we've been at, the torch run, on the ocean," she said.

The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics is on Friday, though some events - including the men's and pairs' figure-skating competitions - had their qualifying rounds on Thursday.

In late December, the bombings of a train station and an electric trolleybus killed 34 people in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, heightening security fears ahead of the Olympics.

The leader of the Caucasus Emirate, an umbrella group for militants seeking to establish an independent Islamic state in the North Caucasus, has urged his followers to strike the Winter Olympics.

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1. Dmitry Chernyschenko, president of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Organising Committee, running with the Olympic torch into Sochi city centre

2. Wide of Chernyschenko lighting flame on stage

3. Wide of large crowd cheering

4. Close of flame burning

5. Wide of ceremony on stage

6. Wide of crowd dancing

7. Wide of dancers performing on stage with flame in background

8. Two men transferring flame into small lantern to keeps it secure and burning overnight

9. Large Olympic rings, Bolshoy Ice Dome in background

10. Various of armed police officers on foot patrol at Olympic Park

11. Wide of national flags flying, Iceberg arena in background

12. Mid of Olympic volunteer sitting on high-chair and saying (Russian) "We are very glad to see you here"

13. Mid of fans arriving for event

14. Wide of police officers with sniffer dogs

15. SOUNDBITE (English) Sheryl (no last name given), visitor from Columbus, Ohio:

"Security has been unbelievable, very good, excellent. It's everywhere, everywhere, every place we've been at, the torch run, on the ocean, everywhere is security."

16. Cutaway of fans with Russia scarf

17. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Tropkina Larisa, school director from Volgograd:

"We came to see Yevgeny Plyushchenko. What slogan do we have? 'The famous city of Volgograd will be happy if Zhenya (meaning Yevgeny Plyushchenko) wins'."

18. Various of fans arriving for figure-skating competition

19. Close of fan having colours painted onto her cheek

20. Mid of fans

21. Various exteriors of Iceberg arena

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Subjects: 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Men's skating, Men's figure skating, Pairs figure skating, Skating, Figure skating, Olympic games, Events, Men's sports, Sports, Men's skating, Men's figure skating
Locations: Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Oly Morning
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Summary: Morning scenes at Olympic Park ahead of Winter Olympics opening ceremony, security
Story No: 930164
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Date: 02/07/2014 06:43 AM
People: Vladimir Putin
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Final preparations were taking place in Sochi on Friday as the Black Sea resort prepares to host the Winter Olympic opening ceremony later.

The sun rose over Olympic Park heralding a clear, bright day as Olympic workers, volunteers and media arrived at the coastal complex.

Six venues ring the central medals plaza at Olympic Park.

Security is tight, with police and Russian special forces patrolling the area.

All workers, spectators and vehicles are subject to security searches.

The opening ceremony will be held in the Fisht Stadium, on the edge of the park near to the sea front.

More than 40 heads of state and government are expected to attend the Games, with Russia's President Vladimir Putin welcoming them to the opening ceremony.

More than 3000 athletes from 88 nations are competing in the games, a record for a Winter Olympics.

Ninety-eight sets of medals will be awarded in 15 sports before the Olympic closing ceremony on February 23.

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1.Wide pan of Olympic Park as sun rises on the morning of the opening ceremony

2. Close up of Olympic rings on front of Bolshoy Ice Dome

3. Mid of visitor taking photo of park

4. Wide of flags with the Fisht Olympic Stadium in background

5. Mid of volunteers

6. Close of journalist taking photo

7. Mid sunrise behind flags and Iceberg skating palace

8. Wide security check point at entry to park

9. Mid of check point

10. Mid of Olympic park security walking around park

11. Close of security walking as sunrises

12. Close of Olympic rings with sun rising behind

13. Wide of rings

14. Close of police in the park

15. Wide of police advising park security

16. Pan from Sochi sign to police

17. Wide of the Iceberg Skate Palace

18. Pan up from police to olympic sign

19. Close of volunteers

20. Mid volunteers talking with Fisht Olympic Stadium in background

21. Mid people jogging in the park

22. Close of Sochi sign

23. Wide of park

24. Wide of security check point at entrance to park

23. Various of volunteers scanning badges

24. Wide of car check point

25. Close of car being checked

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Subjects: Olympic opening ceremonies, Winter Olympic games, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Volunteerism, Olympic games, Events, Social affairs, Sports
People: Vladimir Putin
Locations: Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Oly Opening
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Summary: Burst of fireworks marks the moment Putin declares Olympics open
Story No: 930249
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Date: 02/07/2014 06:40 PM
People: Vladimir Putin
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A burst of fireworks filled the night sky over Sochi on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Winter Olympics open.

More than with most games, these Olympics are closely tied to the leader of the host nation.

Putin personally pushed for the right to stage them in the Black Sea summer resort of Sochi and the nearby Caucasus Mountains slopes.

He then spent 51 billion US dollars to transform Sochi into a winter sports paradise, in a project fraught with corruption, environmental abuses and fears of militant extremism from nearby Chechnya and Dagestan.

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++NIGHT SHOTS++

1. Wide of Olympic stadium with fireworks marking the moment Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Games open

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Subjects: 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports, Government and politics
People: Vladimir Putin
Organisations: Russia government
Locations: Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Olympic Fireworks
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Summary: Fireworks and news briefing after opening of Olympics, admission of light failure
Story No: 930267
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Date: 02/07/2014 09:51 PM
People: Vladimir Putin
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The opening ceremony for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi ended with a spectacular fireworks display and the traditional lightning of the cauldron on Friday as Vladimir Putin used the occasion to showcase a new Russia to the world.

The ceremony hit a bump, however, when only four of the five Olympic rings materialised in a wintry opening scene. The five were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks but one snowflake failed to expand.

But everything worked fine for viewers of the Rossiya 1, the Russian host broadcaster.

As the fifth ring got stuck, Rossiya cut away to rehearsal footage. All five rings came together, and the fireworks exploded on cue.

Producers confirmed the switch, saying it was important to preserve the imagery of the Olympic symbols.

"The rings were the most simple technological thing. We know all the world shows (the opening ceremony), and I can tell you that taking into account the technical difficulty of the so called high mechanics we are the first who did it. All the rest (except the rings) went well," said Konstantin Ernst, producer of the opening ceremony.

The malfunction did not seem to bother many of the fans who had gathered to watch the opening ceremony in Sochi.

"Not everything has to be perfect, this simply happens. You can plan and do everything, but this makes the whole thing human," said Michael Baumann, a 50-year-old spectator from Germany.

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++NIGHT SHOTS++

1. Wide of Olympic Stadium with roof changing colours

2. Mid of flames running up to rim of cauldron

3. Close of fireworks behind lit cauldron

4. Wide of fireworks and stadium

5. Wide of spectators watching fireworks

6. Close of fireworks

7. Mid of woman cheering

8. Wide of fireworks

9. Mid of fans leaving stadium

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Svetlana Derevschikova, 27, Olympic fan from Moscow, Russia:

"Oh, I liked it a lot, it was amazing, I never expected this. I have no words, it was outstanding, I never saw anything like this before."

11. Mid of Russia fans passing, man waving

12. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Pavel Varaksin, 30, fan from Moscow, Russia:

"Everything was excellent, we are proud of our Olympics, everything was fine and really fantastic. We didn't expect something like that."

13. Wide of crowds leaving stadium

14. SOUNDBITE (English) Carol and Bert de Kroon, 36 and 43, Olympic fans from Utrecht, Netherlands:

Carol: "It was really nice, it was beautiful."

Bert: "Great happening."

15. Mid of fans walking on road

16. SOUNDBITE (German) Michael Baumann, 50, from Bavaria, Germany:

"Not everything has to be perfect, this simply happens. You can plan and do everything, but this makes the whole thing human."

17. Wide of German fans waving flags

18. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Konstantin Ernst, producer of opening ceremony:

"The rings were the most simple technological thing. We know all the world shows (the opening ceremony), and I can tell you that taking into account the technical difficulty of the so called high mechanics, we are the first who did it. All the rest (except the rings) went well."

19. Wide of press conference

20. SOUNDBITE (Russian) Konstantin Ernst, producer of opening ceremony:

"There was the OBS version where everything was as it was at the stadium, and there is the Russian national version, the NBC's version. When we understood, just several minutes before - earlier than the rest because we were sitting in headphones and with all the technical services - that the ring didn't open we gave the command to the Russian mobile studio, which was giving the Russian national signal, that we take the opening of the ring from the rehearsal."

21. Close of water fountain going up beside cauldron

22. Wide of cauldron in centre of Olympic park

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Subjects: Olympic opening ceremonies, 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Olympic games, Events, Sports
People: Vladimir Putin
Locations: Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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Russia Olympics Alpine
Title:
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Summary: Excited fans trek up the mountain for blue riband downhill events
Story No: 930415
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Date: 02/09/2014 09:47 AM
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Olympic fans from all over the world waited with anticipation for the lifts to open on Sunday, excited to see athletes compete in the men's downhill medal event.

The race in the mountains of Krasyana Polyana began 15-minutes late due to a gondola problem, but the delay didn't dampen spirits.

"We are expecting to have a terrific day today, first we'll see the men's downhill where we of course hope for our Swiss fellow countrymen, then we'll continue with snowboarding and finally figure skating tonight," said Patrick Wohlhauser from Germany.

Many fans have enjoyed the Games so far, facing only minor problems.

"Sochi's pretty good so far," said 38-year-old Philippe Lavin from Montreal, Canada.

"We won two good medals yesterday and the moguls, and we hope that Erik Guay, the representative of Canada is going to do well in the alpine skiing, so far this is what we expect this morning."

Conditions were cloudy, and the stands were half-full, with many fans still arriving after the official beginning of the event.

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1. Wide of queue at bottom of ski lift in mountains of Krasyana Polyana

2. Mid shot of ski lift in the mountains behind Sochi flags

3. Close of Olympic fans from China waiting in queue

4. Mid shot of fans from Russia and Canada waiting to get in lift

5. Wide of crowd at entrance to ski lift

6. SOUNDBITE (English) Philippe Lavin, 38, Olympic visitor from Montreal, Canada:

"Sochi's pretty good so far, we won two good medals yesterday, and the moguls, and we hope that Erik Guay, the representative of Canada is going to do well in the Alpine skiing so, so far this is what we expected this morning."

7. Wide of Olympic fans

8. SOUNDBITE (German) Patrick Wohlhauser, 49, swiss-born Olympic visitor from Frankfurt, Germany:

"We are expecting to have a terrific day today, first we'll see the men's downhill where we of course hope for our Swiss fellow countrymen, then we'll continue with snowboarding and finally figure skating tonight."

9. Mid shot of visitors at entrance to ski lift

10. Mid shot of Olympic fans walking into gondola

11. Mid shot of gondolas moving up mountains

12. Mid from inside gondola with Olympic fans taking photographs of mountains

13. SOUNDBITE (English) Chris Douglas, 23, Olympic visitor from Orlando, Florida, USA:

"I think the US team will do very well. (laughter) and I think this place is awesome, I could totally live here, this is pretty sweet. I'm from Florida so this is like exotic for me, so it should be fun."

14. Wide top shot of mountains and stands of extreme ski park from moving gondola

15. Wide shot of fans walking up stairs to entrance of Alpine centre

16. Mid shot of Olympic fans arriving at entrance

17. SOUNDBITE (English) Konstantin Georgievich Kondakov, 39, Olympic visitor from Kiev, Ukraine:

"I think Russia and Ukraine is brother, brothers nation and we must love each other and live in peace."

18. Mid shot of fans walking inside venue

19. Wide of stairs and ticket office

20. Wide of mountain with venue stands in front

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Subjects: Men's alpine skiing, Alpine skiing, Men's figure skating, Men's skating, Men's snowboarding, Men's freestyle skiing, Men's skiing, Skiing, Figure skating, Skating, Snowboarding, Mountains, Freestyle skiing, Men's sports, Sports, Men's skiing, Men's alpine skiing, Men's figure skating, Men's skating, Men's snowboarding, Men's freestyle skiing, Environment and nature
Locations: Krasnaya Polyana, Rostov, Russia
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Russia Oly Selfie
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Summary: Olympic flame "selfie hotspot" for fans wanting to show they were in Sochi
Story No: 930484
Source: AP TELEVISION
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Date: 02/10/2014 03:12 AM
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The Olympic flame in Sochi has become a selfie hotspot.

Taking a self-portrait with a cellphone camera in front of one of the most iconic Olympic symbols is proving to be one of the biggest attractions at the Sochi Games.

In fact, so many people are doing it, it's become a bit of a competition.

Fans are trying out unique poses to set themselves apart from the thousands of flame photos being posted on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

A state-run children's ballet ensemble from the nearby city of Rostov-on-Don broke into a choreographed dance when Swan Lake came over the loudspeakers, while their instructor took pictures with the flame just behind them.

Mariya Elchaninova, from Moscow, loves doing selfies and sees the humour in them "Normally girls are doing duck faces and do selfless and they do Ooh it's on the Olympic park and me. So I think it is rather funny."

For some Russians, it's an opportunity not to be missed, making the most of the biggest sporting event in the world, in their backyard.

Philip Shustov went one step further, putting his 10-year-old son back in Moscow on FaceTime on his iPhone to let him see the flame.

Shustov says the flame is the defining symbol "of the games, of new Russia. I don't remember previous Olympic Games because I was only 3 years old. Now it's history here in Russia."

Russia is hosting the Olympics for the first time since the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow.

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1. Mid of several women walking towards the Olympic flame carrying cameras

2. Close of a woman adjusting her hair for a photo

3. Close of the Olympic flame

4. Mid of a woman adjusting her sunglasses for a selfie

5. Medium of a couple taking a selfie

6. Close a couple checking their selfie on smart phone

7. Medium of a guy pretending to pose with the flame in his hand

8. Close of the camera display

9. Wide of a woman trying to pose with the flame in her hand

10. Close of two girls posing for a selfie

11. Close of a man taking a selfie

12. Close of guy checking picture on phone

13. Medium of a guy doing a leaning pose

14. Pull out of a girl posing on the ground

15. Medium zoom in of a girl laying on the ground for a picture

16. Close of a man taking a picture of his wife

17. Pull out of his wife unhappy about the picture and yelling at him

18. Zoom in of the husband showing his angry wife the picture

19. Medium of a mother taking a picture of her son

20. SOUNDBITE (English) Philip Shustov, Olympic fan from Moscow

"Here is my son from Moscow. Wave to the camera. Sochi forever!"

21. Close of Mariya Elchaninova taking a photo of a friend

22. Medium of the person Elchaninova is photographing

23. SOUNDBITE (English) Mariya Elchaninova, Olympic fan from Moscow

"Normally girls are doing duck faces and do selfies and they do Ooh it's on the Olympic park and me. So I think it is rather funny."

24. Close of a ballet teacher telling a group of girls how to pose for a photo in front of the flame

25. Close of a woman taking a photo of the group of girls

26. Wide of the the ballet girls getting their photo taken in front of the Olympic flame

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Subjects: 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, Winter Olympic games, Summer Olympic games, Ballet, Olympic games, Events, Dance, Performing arts, Entertainment, Arts and entertainment, Sports
Locations: Sochi, Krasnodarskiy, Russia
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