Russian post issued three stamps from the series "XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi. Olympic winter sports". The issue is devoted to three Olympic winter sports: ice hockey, curling and biathlon.
XXII Olympic Winter Games 2014 in Sochi will be a real celebration of sport. More than 6,000 athletes and team members from nearly 85 countries will arrive in Sochi in 2014.
Competing in the Olympic Games will be held from 7 to 23 February 2014, 98 sets of medals will be played.
Ice hockeyis a team sport played on ice in whichskatersuse sticks toshoota hard rubberhockey puckinto their opponent's net to score points.
Biathlonis any sporting event made up of two disciplines. However, biathlon usually refers specifically to thewinter sportthat combinescross-country skiingandrifle shooting.
The program of the Olympic Winter Games will consists of five types of biathlon for men and five for women: individual, sprint, pursuit, mass start and relay, and a new type of competition - mixed relay.
Curlingis asportin which players slidestonesacross a sheet of ice towards a target area which is segmented into four rings. It is related to bowls,bouleandshuffleboard. Two teams, each of four players, take turns sliding heavy, polishedgranitestones, also called "rocks", across the icecurling sheettowards thehouse, a circular target marked on the ice.