Sochi 2014: Venue guide
A look at the key venues which will be hosting events at the forthcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi.
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BOLSHOY ICE DOME
One of two ice hockey venues for the Games, the 12,000-capacity venue will be covered in a silver dome shaped like a frozen drop. Its total construction cost was estimated to be somewhere in the region of £150m, and the venue will remain a sporting centrepiece long after the Games have finished.
The second and lesser of the two ice hockey venues for the Games, the 7,000-capacity Shayba Arena will host preliminary round matches plus Paralympic sledge hockey games. The Shayba Arena - 'Shayba' is the Russian word for an ice hockey puck - cost around £20million to complete.
Designed to the unique specifications of a long-track speed-skating facility, the Adler Arena is broad enough to incorporate both the 400m racing oval and capacity for 8,000 spectators. Its transparent sides will enable spectators to look outside the venue.
ICEBERG SKATING PALACE
The Iceberg Skating Palace was built using 15,000 tonnes of steel and cost in the region of £30million to build. It will host some of the Games' defining moments including the short-track programme and the figure skating competitions.
ICE GLOBE CURLING CENTER
Another venue which has been designed to be dismantled and transferred to another Russian city after the Games. The 3,000-capacity venue was completed in 2012 and rests in the shadow of the dramatic Bolshoy Ice Dome.
FISHT OLYMPIC STADIUM
The Fisht Olympic Stadium is located in the heart of the Olympic Park, and will act as a focal point for the Sochi 2014 Games. The unique design incorporates a translucent polycarbonate roof, which gives the building the appearance of snowy peaks that mirror the surrounding landscape.
LAURA CROSS-COUNTRY & BIATHLON CENTER
The Laura Cross-Country and Biathlon Center sits high on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge, 10km north-east of the main mountain cluster of Krasnaya Polyana. The venue includes two separate stadia - one each at the start and finish zones for the biathlon and cross-country disciplines respectively. There are also separate warm-up zones and shooting areas.
ROSA KHUTOR EXTREME PARK
Situated to the west of the Rosa Khutor Plateau, the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park will host the snowboarding and freestyle events. After the Games, the Extreme Park will be adapted into an elite training centre for both snowboard and freestyle athletes, and is expected to become a permanent fixture on the respective World Cup circuits.
ROSA KHUTOR ALPINE CENTER
The Rosa Khutor Alpine Center is situated 40km out of Sochi on the Aibga Ridge close to Krasnaya Polyana. The 7,500-capacity venue will stage all the alpine events during the 2014 Olympics and boasts a total track length of 20km. The courses were designed by the 1972 Olympic gold medallist Bernhard Russi.
SLIDING CENTER SANKI
The Sanki Sliding Center, which will host bobsleigh, skeleton and luge events at the Games, has two rare uphill sections and state-of-the-art technology which will ensure optimum temperature control of the ice over the entire duration of the course.
RUSSKI GORKI JUMPING CENTER
The Russki Gorki Jumping Center is located in the village of Esto-Sadok on the northern slope of Aibaga Ridge in Krasnaya Polyana. The venue, which comprises both 312ft and 410ft jumps, is intended to be a permanent venue which will be transformed into a national training centre after the Games.