Official Ded Moroz of Sochi Winter Olympics

Russian Ded Moroz from Veliky Ustyug is recognized as the official Ded Moroz of the Sochi Winter Olympics. A figure akin to Santa Claus in the West, Ded Moroz traditionally brings presents to children on New Year's Eve. Ded Moroz who took up residence 11 kilometers from the splendid northern city of Veliky Ustyug received an official Sochi 2014 diploma from Sochi CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko in 2009.

The main mission of Ded Moroz at the Sochi Olympics is to cheer on the Russian athletes, encouraging them to set new world records. The city of Veliky Ustug situated in the Vologda Region is believed to be the birthplace of Ded Moroz. The project “Veliky Ustyug- Hometown of Ded Moroz” is underway since 1997. His estate with its whimsical chambers is located here, in the ancient city of Veliky Ustyug, and hosts many festivals, competitions and New Year’s celebrations. This is also where Russian kids address their letters when they write to share their New Year’s wishes with Ded Moroz. His post office is one of the busiest in the world. Millions of children and adults from all over the world communicate with the gift-giver via e-mail too. The number of tourists visiting the region keeps on growing. Over 200 people visit Ded Moroz' Votchina every year.


Ded Moroz met volunteers at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

The volunteers told the Winter Wizard about their life at the village of volunteers, their experiences and a trip of a lifetime. Some 25,000 people are involved in more than 20 areas of work, ranging from meeting delegates at airports to helping to organise the Closing Ceremony.

The volunteers include approximately 2,000 foreign nationals. A majority are from the United States, with Ukraine, Canada, UK and Kazakhstan citizens making up significant numbers too. But there are also volunteers from other regions, with several coming from Japan, New Zealand, Cameroon, Congo and Pakistan. They are overwhelmingly young. The average age of volunteers is 25, with 60 per cent of these being women and 40 per cent men.

During the Olympics, the volunteers are staying in special houses in the Olympic village. Each volunteer is approved to work at a single Olympic facility. Some of them work at the Olympic Coastal Cluster venues, primarily at the Fisht Olympic Stadium; some of them are being based at the Mountain Cluster venues. They also help guests navigate between venues.

The young people told Ded Moroz that they enjoy their time in Sochi. They are happy to have a first-hand experience shaping and taking part in the Olympic Games.

Ded Moroz, a key figure of the New Year celebrations in Russia, thanked all the volunteers for their hard work. “Volunteers are Russian ambassadors in the world, they make every guest, spectator and athlete feel welcome.”

Ded Moroz visited the House of Korea in Sochi - PyeongChang 2018.

The 2018 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIII Olympic Winter Games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, between 9 and 25 February 2018.

Ded Moroz came to the PyeongChang House in Sochi Olympic Park accompanied by the dancers of Vologda’s folk company “Russian North”. Not long ago the visitors of the southern residence of Ded Moroz were able to enjoy dance performances from traditional and modern Korean entertainers. Ded Moroz hopes that friendship between Russia and Korea will develop into beneficial cooperation that will last for years.

Ded Moroz and Joulupukki met in the Olympic park in Sochi.

Ded Moroz, a key figure of the New Year celebrations in Russia, and his Finnish colleague Joulupukki met at the exposition of Russian regions at the Olympic Park. The exhibition features eight federal districts, each presented in its individual style.

The Finnish Santa Claus arrived in Sochi at the invitation of Ded Moroz whose residence opened ahead of the Olympics near the Medals Plaza sports area and the Iceberg and Fisht Olympic stadiums. During the Games it will become one of the main attractions for children and foreign guests, as its aim is to familiarize them with the self-identical Russian culture.

Ded Moroz told Joulupukki about different parts of Russia, its traditions and diverse culture. Eight-kilogram piece of Chelyabinsk meteorite that was set out in the exposition drew the attention of the Finnish Santa Claus.

During the excursion, the Winter Wizards from Russia and Finland were photographed talking with the guests of the exhibition. To everybody’s surprise, Joulupukki sang the Russian lyrical and patriotic song "Katyusha".

Vologda’s ornaments are used in the Olympic patchwork quilt.

The Olympic patchwork quilt is the official look of Russia’s first Winter Games. It is a combination of 16 designs representing the most famous traditional Russian arts and crafts.

Every region in the world is proud of its unique origins, and it is no different in Russia. That is why there are so many different local traditions, songs and handicrafts that highlight the individuality of their creators.

In the concept design, every patch was infused with the history and personality of traditional crafts from each of Russia’s 89 regions: in a single tapestry the creators combined Uftyuzhskaya painting and Vologda lace, Gzhel, Rakulskaya and Zhostovo painting, Kubachi patterns and the flowers of Pavlo Posad shawls, Mezenskaya painting and Khokhloma, Yakutsk patterns, fabrics of Ivanovo and other distinctive Russian ornaments.

A few of the patterns are from textiles, for example, the lace that has been made in the northwestern town of Vologda for at least two centuries, and the distinctive printed shawls named for Pavlovsky Posad, a village near Moscow. Other patterns come from painted wooden crafts, ceramics and even metalwork.

These ornaments of the Olympic patchwork quilt can be seen everywhere at the Sochi Games, on banners, clothing, cars, trains and even the athletes’ medals, which feature a monochrome quilt segment.

The Olympic patchwork quilt emphasizes that every resident of Russia participated in its creation. Athletes compete, fans cheer on their favourite teams and sportsmen, some people build sport facilities, other make outfit and volunteers also contribute to the success of the Games.

Ded Moroz congratulated Russian figure skaters who earned medals in pair skating at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

The Russian equivalent of Santa Claus congratulated Russian figure skaters Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Ksenia Stolbova and Fedor Klimov on winning gold and silver medals in the pair skating competition on February 12. Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the gold medal with a total score of 236,68.

The Winter Wizard met with the Olympic medal winners in the Russian Fan House, gave presents to them, and wished success at the upcoming competitions.

During the week about 100,000 people visited the southern residence of Ded Moroz in Sochi.

The residence of Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, at the Olympic Park in Sochi is a magnet for Russian and foreign tourists and athletes.

All the guests are treated to dancing, singing, workshops in traditional crafts and fun sport activities. Many aspects of the Russian culture are presented on scenic platforms of the residence.

Today the residence of Ded Moroz was visited by a delegation of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, led by its President Admire Masenda. An exposition of Vologda folk crafts, especilly blackening on silver of Veliky Ustyug presented in Ded Moroz' workshop aroused the interest of the delegation.

A duet of bayan-players “Master-class” completely won over the House of Switzerland and was invited to perform in the House of Korea.

The increasing number of tourists and athletes flock to the residence of Ded Moroz located in the very heart of the Olympic Park and next to the new Iceberg Sports Palace. It presents a diverse cultural program on its scenic platforms offering guests the chance to attend workshops, sample Russian cuisine, and visit a folk art studio.

Parties of Russian culture providing a true air of folklore and a focus on the pure pleasures of Russian traditions and customs will be held during the 22nd Winter Olympic Games. Such Vologda's folk companies as "Russian North" and a duet of bayan-players “Master-class” bringing Russian music and dance to the heart of Sochi are very popular with the guests to the residence.

Vologda’s actors are sure that the cultural ties that were established during the 2014 Winter Olympics will be sustained and expanded.

The duet of bayan-players “Master-class” made a performance in the House of Switzerland and won over President of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter and other guests of the House.

On February 10th, Ded Moroz visited the Medals Plaza in the shadow of the Olympic Cauldron.

These evening Awards Ceremonies will be held from February 8th to February 22nd. Athletes are honored immediately after the conclusion of finals at the Olympic venues themselves as part of the Flower Ceremonies, but the medals are presented in the Medals Plaza. The Medal ceremony starts at 20:14 local time.

Ded Moroz watched the Awards Ceremony when Russian Olympic competition medal winners in figure skating, biathlon, luge and speed-skating received their awards. Together with the athletes and Sochi’s CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko, Ded Moroz performed the national anthem.

Gediminas Taranda: “Cultural programme at the Olympic Games is as important as sport events”.

Gediminas Taranda who created the Imperial Russian Ballet Company visited the southern residence of Ded Moroz in Sochi. He noted that the residence of Ded Moroz, a folk Russian Santa Claus, at the Olympic Park in Sochi is a cultural centre offering guests the chance to attend workshops, sample Russian cuisine and visit a folk art studio.

Different folk groups from all over Russia came here to provide entertainment for children and guests of the Games, who will be treated to dancing and singing. The organizers came up with a cultural version of the Games.

Sochi 2014 Cultural Olympiad is a unique project of the Games organizers, presenting the nation's best cultural events. It includes both grand, large-scale set-pieces and events showing cultural life in Russia's various regions. One of the main aims of the Cultural Olympiad is to bring together the best of Russian culture and demonstrate its value to residents and guests in the country. The southern residence of Ded Moroz is located in the Olympic Park. Every day thousands of tourists and athletes flock to the site.

The grand master of the Russian Ballet and Ded Moroz, a folk Russian Santa Claus, already met in the Olympic Park where they supported speed skaters. Ded Moroz and Gediminas Taranda agreed to cheer for their favorite teams and athletes and watch other competitions as well, women's hockey among them.

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