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  • Happy Holidays for Olympic Organizers, IOC


    A Sochi Christmas tree--seen in Moscow in 2006. (ATR)
    (ATR) The upcoming Olympic organizing committees and the IOC are all taking holiday breaks this week, and Santa will set up camp at Sochi’s Olympic Park.

    On Friday, Sochi 2014 said Ded Moroz, the Russian Santa Claus, will have a camp in Olympic Park through the Games.

    “His show will provide entertainment for children and guests of the Games, who will be treated to dancing, singing, workshops in traditional crafts and fun sport activities,” Sochi 2014 said in a statement. “Throughout the Olympic and the Paralympic Games, Ded Moroz – who became an official ambassador in 2009 - will cheer on the Russian athletes, encouraging them to set new world records.”

    With less than 50 days until the Games, Sochi 2014 will not shut down for the holidays. A spokesperson tells Around the Rings the offices “will continue to function as normal over the holiday period.” The Russian holidays are December 31 – January 9 and staff will return early.

    International Olympic Committee

    The IOC will be closed from December 24 – January 2. However, an IOC spokesperson tells Around the Rings the press team will be available by phone during that time.

    This year's floating Christmas Tree in Rio. (Getty Images)
    Rio 2016

    The offices for Rio 2016 will be closed December 21 and will re-open on January 2.

    In a holiday e-card, Rio 2016 said “Let the energy of sport inspire you. Happy 2014!”

    Click here to see the card.

    IOC Christmas tree in 2011. (ATR)
    PyeongChang 2018

    PyeongChang 2018 will only be closed for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. They will take another break for the Lunar New Year January 30 and February 1.

    Tokyo 2020

    Tokyo 2020 will be closed December 27 to January 6.

    In a message to Around the Rings, Japanese Olympic Committee and bid president Tsunekazu Takeda said the start of 2014 was an important time for Tokyo 2020.

    “Our first major task of 2014 will be finalising the composition of the organising committee. We are looking forward eagerly to working closely with the International Olympic Committee and all members of the Olympic Family to ensure the delivery of a superb Games, and to celebrate the Olympic Movement and its universal values of excellence, friendship and respect." 

    “As we enter the New Year, I am sure I echo the sentiments of all of us in wishing every success for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. I look forward to seeing you there.”

    Around the Rings
    A London Olympic Christmas in 2010. (Getty Images)

    The Around the Rings worldwide headquarters will be closed only on Christmas and New Year’s Day.

    For breaking news on Christmas, please contact Aaron Bauer by email: aaron at

    Publisher Sheila S. Hula said, “It’s been a remarkable year for ATR. Thanks to the support of our subscribers and advertisers, 2013 was our best year ever. We look forward to continuing that trend in 2014. We wish everyone the very best of holidays, and peace and prosperity in the coming year.”

    Written by Ed Hula III.

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