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SOCHI, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. The number of tickets sold for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s Sochi has exceeded the landmark of one million with less than a week into the 14-day marathon of the Games, the head of the Sochi Olympics organizing committee said on Friday.
“Over a million of tickets have been sold as of now,” Dmitry Chernyshenko said at a news conference. “This figure is close to 96-97% of the overall volume, but we will announce the exact figures after the Games are over.”
“Our main audience is comprised of Russian citizens, who come from all parts of the country,” he said. “Quarter of the audience is comprised of foreign guests coming from 130 countries.”
The official also said that the Games in Sochi also enjoy an enormous television audience, which “probably exceeded the audience of the Summer Olympics in London.”
NBC television network, which has exclusive media rights for the Sochi Olympics broadcast in the United States, reported earlier that some 31.7 million US viewers watched the official opening ceremony of the Games, making it the second most watched non-live Winter Games opening ceremony in US history.
The record number of viewers of Winter Games non-live broadcast in the United States was registered in 1994, when some 33.8 million people watched the opening ceremony of the Olympics in Norway’s Lillehammer.
The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Black Sea resort city of Sochi kickoff of with the opening ceremony last Friday and would run until February 23. The Olympics will be followed by Winter Paralympic Games between March 7 and 16.