Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yekaterinburg clock to count down days until Sochi 2014

A clock will be constructed in Yekaterinburg to count down the days until the beginning of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The clock will be set up on February 7 at the monument to Vasily Tatishchev and William de Gennin, starting the countdown at exactly one year before the Winter Olympic Games, Mir66 reports.

The clock will be 4.15 meters in height, 2.26 meters in width and 4.408 meters in length, and will weigh 3,500 pounds.

Installation of the clock will begin five days before the official opening and a ceremony will occur at one of the Olympic venues with the leadership of the IOC present, as well as the president and members of the Russian government. Clocks in cities around the country will begin their own countdowns simultaneously.

Yekaterinburg will also participate in the torch relay, which will be held for 123 days, beginning one year before the Olympic Games in Sochi. The flame will be carried by 14,000 torchbearers and will cover more than 65,000 kilometers in total, traveling by cars and train, as well as by troika and deer. It is expected that 130 million Russian people will witness the Olympic flame on its journey, according to Mir66.