Sochi Paralympic Games Relay Hosted by the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok

Torch relay of the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi started today simultaneously in five cities in the Far East. In Vladivostok, the Olympic torch was carried through the world largest cable-stayed bridge, the Russky Bridge, following the previous torch carrying event.

The Winter Paralympic 2014 relay was started on the Sportivnaya Harbor Quay, and the torch then headed to Russky Island. The first torchbearers included Ksenia Bezuglova, Miss World among the disabled, Andrey Smolyannikov, member of the Russia national wheelchair rugby team, and Ruslan Chukanov, multiple winner of the Russian national bench-press competitions. More than ten relay participants carried the torch through the world record breaking cable-stayed bridge span over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait.

“I believe that the Paralympic Games are the greatest achievement of mankind. Here we can prove that we are as good as healthy people are in all respects. Sport is life, and it is accessible for us,” shared her impressions torchbearer Olga Derevtseva.

“The torch will bring victory to our country. I hope that it will bring good luck to our Paralympians! And they will win as it happened in Vancouver!” said Ruslan Chukanov wishing his friends good luck.

“Vladivostok is hosting the Paralympic Torch Relay today after the Olympic Torch Relay. Following in the footsteps of our Olympians who won big at the Sochi Olympics, we are confident that our Paralympic athletes will raise the banner, the great sport banner, even higher. And I will always remember that I was in Vladivostok during this great event, the Paralympic Torch Relay,” emphasized Lev Seleznev, Head of the Russian Paralympic Committee.

The Russky Bridge is a symbolic link between the capital of the APEC 2012 Summit and the capital of the 2014 Olympics. The builders of the SK MOST Group of Companies, who connected the mainland Vladivostok with Russky Island, have successfully completed construction of the main transport artery of the Sochi Games, the Adler – Alpika-Service combined railway and motorway route. The new high-speed route that connected the coastal and mountain sport clusters is the main reason why the first Winter Olympiad in Russia was recognized as the most compact in history. It is also noteworthy that Sochi-2014 has set up new standards of urban planning and urban development by creating a barrier-free environment. All sports facilities and infrastructure here are designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities.

It is no accident that the Olympic torches ignited in 45 cities of the country will be blended in the mountain cluster, at the Rosa Khutor alpine ski resort. The relay route that started in the Far East will run across the entire Russia. The Paralympic Winter Games officially open in Sochi on March 7, 2014.

Photo: Andrej Savin / SK MOST

They Bore Sochi-2014 Olympic Flame over the Russky Bridge

Vladivostok picked up the baton by having Sochi-2014 Olympic Flame for two days. The Winter Olympics symbol was carried over the world largest cable stayed bridge over the Bosphorus Strait in the capital of Primorie.

The first leg of the relay was held in Vladivostok, on Russky Island and finished with a grand celebration on the Far East Federal University campus. The next day, they started early in the morning on the world largest cable stayed bridge over the Bosphorus Strait. There is another symbol: the SK MOST Group of Companies, the general contractor that has built the Russky Bridge in Vladivostok, is also bringing to completion construction of the Adler – Alpika-Service combined route, which is the main transportation artery of the Sochi Games. The Olympic Flame continued its travel at an altitude of 70 meters above sea level, moving over the world record breaking 1104-meter-long span, and the torch relay then continued on the mainland of the capital of Primorie.
The Olympic Flame covered a marathon distance of 42 kilometers in Vladivostok. A total of 190 people became the Olympic Torch bearers including award -winning athletes, business leaders, entertainers, and volunteers.

“Such events are remembered for a lifetime! To be part of the Olympic movement and history – that’s impressive!” said Vladimir Miklushevsky, Governor of the Primorie Region.
Vladimir Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways also ran along the streets of Vladivostok bearing the Olympic Torch. He also shared his impressions of the race:
“I was eager to make my numerous grandchildren happy! I chose Vladivostok to participate in the torch relay here because this is the place where the Olympic Flame starts its travel by rail.”
The railway terminal was the final point of the torch relay in the capital of Primorie. Ivan Shtyl, a bronze medal winner at 2012 London Olympic Games, a six-time world champion and five-time European champion and Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky lit the Olympic Flame in the city Olympic flame bowl set at the Railway Terminal Square. Vladimir Yakunin, the head of JSC Russian Railways gave a signal to start railway torch relay. The Olympic flame left Vladivostok on-board a special train, which will travel for 83 days across Russia to cover a distance of 17,700 kilometers.

A fact: the Olympic torch relay organized before the Sochi Games will cover the largest distance in the history of the games. Having started in Moscow on October 7, it will be held in 83 regions of the country, visiting 2,900 cities and towns. A record number of torch bearers, 14 thousand people, will take part, covering the route that is more than 65 thousand kilometers long. For the first time in history, the Olympic Flame has reached the North Pole, was launched into space, and will travel deep to the bottom of Lake Baikal. The torch relay will end on February 7, 2014 in Sochi, on the opening day of the Winter Games.

Photo by Andrey Savin / SK MOST,
Vladivostok City Administration

The OJSC USK MOST employees were awarded with certificates of appreciation from first deputy Prime Minister of Russia

June 4th, OJSC USK MOST employees gathered aboard the Hamadori to take part in an awards ceremony. Several employees were presented with awards from first deputy Prime Minister of Russia, Igor Shuvalov, praising their excellent work in preparing for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit in 2012.

Vice-governor of the Primorky region Vladimir Balan was present to make a brief speech addressing the representatives of OJSC USK MOST aboard the Hamadori, and praised those present for their efforts in showing the best of Vladivostok at the APEC Summit. Following the ceremony, the ship made a trip over to the Russky Bridge, OJSC USK MOST’s recent project, and current pride of Vladivostok. The bridge was opened just in time for the APEC Summit, and warranted a very positive reaction from both Igor Shuvalov and president Vladimir Putin.

The following OJSC USK MOST employees were awarded with certificates of appreciation from Igor Shuvalov:

- Alexey Baranov, Branch Director of OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Vladislav Pilatov, Head of Worksite Security OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Alexandr Kolesnik, Deputy General Director of Production OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Peter Stakov, Senior Mechanic OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Dmitry Hlebnikov, Head of Security OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Oleg Kabalsky, Substitute Head of Security OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Victor Salovsky, Housing Management Director OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Andrey Paukov, Vice Director of Housing Management OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Nicolai Kargin, Director of Base 1 OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Nina Chudinova, assistant OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Eugine Goncharov, Supply Director OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Artem Efrenko, Information Technologies Engineer OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Sergey Sylaimanov, Head Power Engineer OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Sergey Safronov, Senior Production Analyst OJSC USK MOST Vladivostok
- Nicolai Rogor, Deputy General Director OJSC USK MOST Moscow

OJSK MOST Represented by Alexey Baranov as Judge and Andrey Savin as Winner of Two Awards.

June 5th, the award ceremony for PrimaMedia’s “Vladivostok: Bridges and People” took place at the Primorsky Region Administration building. Deputy general director of OJSK MOST Alexey Baranov was present to give a brief speech, and talk about the “Russky Bridge” book which was, being awarded along with the other prizes.

Winners announced on the 4th of July received their awards, and among those to take home their prizes was OJSK MOST’s Andrey Savin. Savin took home the first place award for the “People on Bridges” category, and third place for “Bridge into the Future”.