Krasnaya Polyana Before Olympics: Snow Cannons, New Tracks and Enthusiasm
The preparations for the Games are almost over. Watch RIA Novosti’s video to learn what tourists think about the Mountain Cluster and what its sports venues look like.
Ceremony Celebrating Olympic Torch Relay at Barnaul Stadium
In Barnaul, the torchbearers skied down a mountain, rode a snowcat and ran across a football stadium, where a ceremony took place. Watch this video to see the Barnaul leg of the Olympic torch relay.
Spacious Apartments and Sports Facilities Prepared for Sochi Olympics
The Olympic preparations in Sochi’s coastal cluster are almost over. Watch this RIA Novosti video to see where the athletes will live and what the high-tech sport facilities look like.
Horsemen and Tuva People in National Costumes Greet Olympic Flame
Tuvans, mounted and wearing national costumes, greeted the Olympic Flame. Watch this RIA Novosti video to see the Olympic Flame welcomed at the Aldyn Bulak ethnographic center.
Drummers Mark Arrival of Winter Olympics in Novokuznetsk
The flame of the Sochi Winter Olympic Games, arriving in Novokuznetsk on the morning of November 28 for 30 minutes, was met with a show. Watch this RIA Novosti video to see the city’s residents enjoying the show on Railway Square.
Jetpack Torchbearer Carries Olympic Flame From Waters of Lake Baikal
A torchbearer wearing a water jetpack brought the 2014 Olympic Games Flame to shore after a dive to the bottom of Lake Baikal. Watch this RIA Novosti video to see how one of the most technically challenging stages of the Olympic torch relay took place.
Olympic Flame Greeted in Chita Ice Palace
On Thursday, the flame of the 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games was carried across the streets of Chita. The lantern bearing the flame arrived in the Trans-Baikal Territory from the Amur Region by train. The symbol of the Winter Olympics was taken to Mount Pallas, which is part of a watershed system of two oceans, and after that it was carried through the main streets of Chita.
Former NHL Star Darius Kasparaitis Recalls His Career
Retired NHL defenseman speaks about hockey techniques, problems with the US police, and the most hurtful prank ever played on him.
Hundreds of Students Welcome Olympic Flame at Russky Island
Students of the Far Eastern Federal University were among the first in the Primorye Territory to welcome the Olympic flame. Watch the video to see the 2014 Olympic torch carried across Russky Island.
Alexei Stukalsky sweeps street and describes how he got into curling
Russian national curling team member Alexei Stukalsky explained why he chose the sport, and showed how a true athlete handles a broom, as part of the Olympic Stories project.
Folk Dancing Greets Olympic Flame in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky
The arrival of the Olympic flame in Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky was greeted with folk dancing. Editor-in-chief of RIA Novosti’s R-Sport Vasily Konov took part in the relay.
Olympic Flame Welcomed in Yakutsk with Algys Traditional Rite
The Olympic flame was welcomed in Yakutsk with the algys traditional rite. The torch-bearers then rode on caribous and on dog sleds. Watch the RIA Novosti video to see where else the flame traveled.
Astronauts Pose with Olympic Torch Outside the International Space Station
Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kotov and Sergey Ryazansky carry the Olympic torch outside the International Space Station. Watch this video to see them posing for cameras with the Olympic symbol in outer space.
Olympic Torch Taken to the Bottom of Mir Kimberlite Pipe
The Yakut town of Mirny hosted the Olympic torch. Watch the RIA Novosti video to see how the torch was carried to the bottom of the Mir open-cast kimberlite pipe in the diamond capital of Russia.
Traveling into Outer Space the Olympic Torch Heads into Orbit
On November 7, a rocket carrying the Olympic torch blasted off into orbit. Watch this RIA Novosti video to see the preparations for this expedition and the rocket launch from the Baikonur cosmodrome.
The Olympic Flame Rides an Aerial Tramway and Snowboard in Khanty-Mansiysk
The Olympic Flame Rides an Aerial Tramway and Snowboard in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Olympic torch carried across tundra and transported by reindeer sleigh in Naryan-Mar
The 2014 Olympic torch was carried across a snow-covered tundra and transported by reindeer sleigh in Naryan-Mar. Watch the video to see how the Olympic torch was greeted at the north of the pole.