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SOCHI, January 30, 22:52 /ITAR-TASS/. All the Olympic villages in Sochi opened their doors to athletes on Thursday. Each of them has its architectural design and interior decoration, the Sochi-2014 organizing committee told Itar-Tass.
Gilbert Felli, the IOC Executive Director for the Olympic Games, said at a ceremony of opening the Pribrezhnaya (coastal) Olympic Village that the arrival of the first Olympic athletes at the villages marked the end of a long way for the host country in the construction of the Olympic facilities and a start of a new long way for the members of the Sochi-2014 organizing committee, service workers, volunteers and many other people whose task was to make the life of athletes comfortable.
Yelena Isinbayeva, the famous Russian pole vaulter and Olympic champion, will be the mayor of the Usadba (Mansion) Olympic village located in the coastal cluster of Sochi. She said it was a great honor for her to occupy her new post, which, however, also meant greater responsibility.
“When I was an athlete, I always did my best to jump higher than others to be the first. I did that wonderfully. In my new capacity as the mayor of the coastal Olympic village, I will do everything within my power to ensure that our Games are up to the mark,” Isinbayeva said as if taking a symbolic oath.
The territory under Isinbayeva’s control combines the architectural traditions of Russian classicism and modern technologies in the interior decoration and equipment of rooms for the athletes.
Apart from mayors, each Olympic village will have its Hosts - the 2014 Olympic Games mascots. The White Bear will play host to the guests in the Primorskaya (Maritime) village while Leopard and Zaika (Rabbit) will meet guests in the snow-covered mountains.