The opening ceremony of the XXII Winter Olympic Games took place on February 7, 2014 at the Fisht stadium, located in the Olympic Park, Sochi. More than 5,500 athletes and team members from over 80 countries attended the event, which is to be held on February 7 to 23, 2014.
15 winter sports disciplines combined into seven Olympic sports are included in the programme of the Olympic Winter Games of 2014: three skating sports, six ski sports, two types of bobsleigh, as well as four separate sports: biathlon, curling, ice hockey and luge. In total, 98 sets of medals are to be given away.
The margins of the new souvenir sheet issued by Russian post to celebrate the Winter Olympics carry a QR code with an encrypted link to the www.sochi2014.com website, against the background of Krasnaya Polyana mountain peaks; there are gold, silver and bronze Olympic medals depicted on the postage stamps.
An illustrated cover has been prepared for the release with a souvenir sheet and FDCs with cancellation (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi) inside.