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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.

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Artyom Kuznetsov of Russia competed during the Men's 500 m Race 2 of 2 speed skating event and finished nineteenth.

Cherepovets’ athlete Artyom Kuznetsov (Vologda Oblast, Russia) skated during the men's 500 metres speed skating race at the Adler Arena during the 2014 Sochi on February 10th. The sportsman took the 19th place.

Speed skaters from the Netherlands smashed the competition in the Men's 500-metres event, sweeping the medal haul.

Michel Mulder of the Netherlands won the gold medal in the Men's 500 m race. Jan Smeekens claimed the silver medal. Michel's twin brother Ronald Mulder won a bronze medal.

President of Switzerland visited Ded Moroz’ residence in Sochi.

The southern residence of the Winter Wizard became a magnet for Russian and foreign tourists and athletes. Last week-end it was visited by such key-members of foreign delegations as President of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter with his spouse, former mayor of Salt Lake City (USA) Deedee Corradini and his spouse, famous Russian actors and musicians.

The guests to Ded Moroz’ residence in Sochi were able to watch performances of “Russian North”, Vologda Oblast's folk company and “Master-Class”, duet of bayan-players.

American guests to the southern residence of Ded Moroz were impressed by craftsmanship of Vologda’s lace-makers.

On February 9th, the Olympic residence of Ded Moroz in Sochi was visited by former mayor of Salt Lake City (USA) Deedee Corradini and his spouse. Corradini is now the President of Women's Ski Jumping-USA.

Ded Moroz received the high-ranking guests in a throne room of his wooden residence located near the Iceberg and Fisht stadiums. The Winter Wizard told the guests about his mission at the Olympic Games and showed them a folk arts and crafts shop where everyone is able to master the basics of the folk art of the Russian North - weaving vines, bark carving, painting and lace-making. During his examination of the exhibition, Deedee Corradini and his wife were astonished at fine craftsmanship of the master lace-makers.

Ded Moroz briefed on his residence in Veliky Ustyug in the north - east of the Vologda Oblast and invited American friends to come there.

Ded Moroz met President of Switzerland in the Olympic Park.

This year marks 200 years since Russia and Switzerland first established diplomatic relations. Over these years Russia and Switzerland have fostered peaceful relations, enhanced by human relationships and intersecting destinies. These relations have intensified in recent years, and scientific, cultural and economic exchange between the two countries is increasing to our mutual benefit.

The Olympic Residence of Ded Moroz is located next to the House of Switzerland, the symbol of the country’s presence at these Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

President of Switzerland Didier Burkhalter visited Ded Moroz’ residence on February 8th. The parties exchanged their opinions concerning the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and wished success to Russian and Swiss athletes. At the end of the meeting, the Winter Wizzard invited Mr. Didier Burkhalter to go to Veliky Ustyug, to his wooden palace in the pine forests at Votchina 15 km off the town of Veliky Ustyug on the bank of the Sukhona River.

The Russian Ded Moroz’ residence receives guests in Sochi.

The residence of the Winter Wizard is in the heart of the Olympic Park. It is situated within a two- minute walk from the Sochi Medals Plaza. Today a delegation from the Czech Republic led by Minister of Industry and Trade Mr. Milan Hovorka visited the residence. Mr. Milan Hovorka noted that he liked the place and Sochi itself produced an impression on him.

A few minutes later Ded Moroz received guests from Estonia – Estonian Olympic team headed by President of National Olympic Committee Neinar Seli. Ded Moroz welcomed the key members of the foreign delegations in his throne room, and Vologda’s folk group performed “Vologda Lace”, a very popular Russian song.

On the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Ded Moroz became one  of the first visitors of a Fan House of the Russian Olympic Team.

Ded Moroz, a key figure of the New Year celebrations in Russia, told President of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov that every day his post-office receives heaps of letters from children and adults wishing to support Russian athletes.

Alexander Zhukov said that a Fan House which opened in Sochi earlier on Thursday will be able to welcome up to 10,000 fans every day. The venue will broadcast the Games live, hold contests and quizzes, and host meetings with athletes and sports experts. All visitors will receive a fan guide, a Russian flag and souvenirs.

“Everybody will be able to visit it during the Games. Any fan who is going to visit the House can become a member of the Russian Olympic team,” Zhukov said. He explained that the house featured sport equipment that once belonged to outstanding athletes, such as Alexander Zubkov’s bobsleigh or Alexander Tretyakov’s skeleton.

As for Ded Moroz, he is also fond of sports. In 2007 the winter wizard climbed Mountain Elbrus, Europe's highest peak. He dedicated his climb to the selection of the city of Sochi as the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Visiting the Russian Fans House, Ded Moroz promised to come here often to cheer for his favorite teams and athletes.

 “Russian North”, Vologda Oblast's folk company will make a performance at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

A few hours are left until the opeing of Ded Moroz’ residence in Sochi. Located in the very heart of the Olympic Park and next to the new Iceberg Sports Palace, it will attract sportsmen and guests to the 22nd Olympic Games.

At the residence in Sochi, inhabitants of the city and guests to the Sochi Olympic Games 2014 will be able to get acquainted with the diverse cultures and traditions of different Russian regions.

An exposition of Vologda folk crafts will be presented in Ded Moroz' workshop. This includes Vologda lace, a world famous brand, blackening on silver of Veliky Ustyug, carving on birch bark and wood painting. Everyone will be able to master the basics of the folk art of the Russian North here – weaving vines, bark carving, painting and lace-making.

Vologda's folk company "Russian North" will make a performance bringing Russian music and dance to the heart of Sochi.

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.

Russian athletes left for the 2014 Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi, Cherepovets-born speed-skater Artyom Kuznetsov is in the team.

The Olympians represent many regions of the country; two of them – speed skater Artyom Kuznetsov, and cross country skier Yulia Chekalyova – are from the Vologda Oblast.

Russian long track speed-skater Artyom Kuznetsov claimed his first World Cup victory last November in Astana. Kuznetsov won one 500m race and finished third in the other at the World Cup Astana.

Ded Moroz will be wearing a new costume specially designed for opening his Olympic residence in Sochi.

The solemn opening of Ded Moroz’ southern residence will take place on February 6th at 5 p.m. It took two months to design and make his costume, elaborated with hand embroidery. The new “fairy” costume was produced by the Fashion House of Ded Moroz in Veliky Ustyug, the birthplace of the Russian miracle-maker.

3000 strobes decorate the new costume of Ded Moroz. The snowflakes that twinkle on the vestment and the intricate patterns will remind the athletes and guests to the Olympic Games on the sea shore about severe Russian winter.

During the Olympic and the Paralympic Games in Sochi, laceworks from Vologda Governor’s college of handicrafts will on display.

The inhabitants of the city and guests to the Sochi Olympic Games 2014 will be able not only to support athletes but also to get acquainted with the diverse cultures and traditions of Russian regions.

The Olympic residence of Ded Moroz will provide visitors with a taste of the unique atmosphere, diverse cultures and traditions of Russian regions. Such well known Vologda specialities as Vologda butter, Vologda lace, and Vologda linen will be on display there.

An exposition of Vologda folk crafts will be presented in Ded Moroz' workshop. This includes Vologda lace, a world famous brand, blackening on silver of Veliky Ustyug, carving on birch bark and wood painting. Everyone will be able to master the basics of the folk art of the Russian North here – weaving vines, bark carving, painting and lace-making.

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