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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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Vologda-born athlete Yulia Chekalyova, a leader of the Russian team in cross country skiing, has arrived in Sochi.

Yulia Chekalyova has competed since 2004. It was her dream to participate in the Olympic Games. At present she is a leader of the Russian female team and she can hope for podium places.

In Sochi she will compete on February 8th, 13th, 15th, 22nd.

Ded Moroz is heading for Sochi.

Russian Ded Moroz from Veliky Ustyug is recognized as the official Ded Moroz of the Sochi Winter Olympics. He received an official Sochi 2014 diploma from Sochi CEO Dmitry Chernyshenko in 2009.

In his residence in Sochi the main holiday season miracle-maker will provide visitors with a taste of the unique atmosphere, culture, traditions and handicrafts of the Vologda Region.

“I am fond of sports and of course I can’t but go to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. There I will support athletes, entertain visitors and guests to the Olympic Games”, said Ded Moroz.

Olympic residence of Ded Moroz is ready for opening.

On February 6, on the eve of the Olympic Games start, Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, will open his residence at the Olympic Park in Sochi.

Top leadership of the Russian Olympic Committee, the organizing Committee of Soch-2014, delegations from Switzerland, Korea, Italy and other countries are invited to participate in the celebrations. Guests from the Houses of Friendship of the Olympic partners will also participate in the solemn opening of the Olympic residence. Every day about 75,000 people will be able to visit the residence. The residence of Ded Moroz will provide visitors with a taste of the unique atmosphere, diverse cultures and traditions of Russian regions.

The Russian folk hero is to participate in a number of events during the 2014 Olympics. Throughout the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, Ded Moroz will cheer on the Russian athletes, encouraging them to set new world records. He will personally entertain guests in his southern residence and communicate with children and their parents, all other time his helpers will work there.

Ten children from the Vologda Oblast to perform at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi as part of a children's choir selected from all over Russia.

The combined children’s choir was established at the initiative of the all-Russia choir society with the support of the Russian government in a contest of talented young singers from all Russian regions.

A one-thousand-strong combined children’s choir will sing at a closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. All members of the choir had several rehearsals in their districts on January 3 - 6.

The choir, composed of 1,000 boys and girls came to the city of St. Petersburg on January 7 for a rehearsal with a symphony orchestra conducted by Artistic Director of the State Academic Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev at stage of the theater.

All choristers will come to the Winter Olympic capital of Sochi for final rehearsals before the performances at the Olympic Games on February 15. But it is still a secret what they will sing.

In the future the choir will perform in different cultural projects, festivals and probably international events.

When the Olympic and the Paralympic Games are over, the residence of Ded Moroz at the Olympic Park in Sochi will be disassembled for transportation convenience and will be moved to Vologda to become part of a tourism complex Nason-gorod. The residence will welcome the first visitors in Vologda on May 1st.

The project “Nason-gorod” aims to identify unique traits that make Vologda City special – wooden architectural monuments. One can’t find those things anywhere else in Russia. Wooden architecture of the Vologda Oblast is one of the most remarkable forms of traditional Russian architecture. Traditional wooden houses in Vologda are adorned with decorative trim around the windows and on the roof, porches, and gates, which served to protect houses from evil spirits, maintain well-being, attract positive energy, and ensure fertile soil for farming. That kind of uniqueness draws people to Vologda.

Magic seven-league boots will be on display in the Olympic residence of Ded Moroz

On February 9-10 the All-Russian Historical-and-Ethnographical Museum situated in Torzhok, Tver region will present a magic exhibit - seven-league boots (fast-walker boots), an element in Russian folklore which allows the person wearing them to walk and run at an amazing pace.

The legendary boots together with other Russian traditional characters will take part in entertaining programs, costumed performances, folklore plays and amusement activities.

Russian Ded Moroz who is recognized as the official Ded Moroz of the Sochi Winter Olympics invited Yamal colleague to festive events in Sochi Olympic Park.

Yamal Iri will participate in the opening of the residence of Ded Moroz on February 6. There is a huge stage in his residence that will be used for non-stop events.

Children and guests to the Games will be treated to dancing, singing, workshops in traditional crafts and fun sport activities. Throughout the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, Ded Moroz will cheer on the athletes, encouraging them to set new world records. He will personally entertain guests in his southern residence and communicate with children and their parents, all other time his Russian and foreign helpers will work there.

All the new “fairy” costumes were produced by the Fashion House of Ded Moroz in Veliky Ustyug, the birthplace of the Russian miracle-maker.

A well-known symbol of Russian folklore is supposed to appear in three different costumes. For the opening ceremony he will be wearing an embroidered coat, a new blue and white tracksuit will become his casual clothes and a red and white coat. The new blue and white costume for Ded Moroz was sewn specifically for the Vologda stage of the relay. The basis of the Olympic vestment is the shorter coat, trimmed with white fur, the cape, made in the technique of patchwork. On the right shoulder there is the caption "DM 2014", on the left - the Russian flag.

At the closing ceremony Ded Moroz will be wearing a velvet red-and-white coat embroidered with fur.

The suits of the assistants of Ded Moroz remind those of the Russian Olympic team’s uniforms. The Russian national team will remain faithful to the traditional - red-blue-and-white colour scheme.

Ded Moroz plans to visit female hockey tournament in the Olympic Games of 2014 in Sochi, cross-country skiing competitions, speed skating and Nordic combined. Ded Moroz bought the tickets when he arrived in Sochi to inspect the construction of his residence at the Olympic Park.

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