The hockey pucks that will be used at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics were revealed yesterday.
(They do not, unfortunately, depict the character from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.)
Dmitry Chernyshenko, the head of Sochi Olympic Organizing Committee, shared the nifty designs on Twitter:
— Dmitry Chernyshenko (@DChernyshenko) December 21, 2013
According to Chernyshenko, it took more than 20 sketches and 30 enhancements to perfect the design. Chernyshenko said:
Today we can reveal the official Sochi 2014 puck.
I am sure that each of the pucks used on Sochi’s Olympic ice, will give all the fans unforgettable moments and the hockey tournaments, which will be held at the Bolshoy Ice Dome and Shayba Arena, will be a real spectacle of the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Inside the Games).
Vladislav Tretiak, a former goalie who now heads the Ice Hockey Federation of Russia, discussed the symbolic importance of pucks:
The puck is one of the most important attributes and symbols of hockey.
Fans of our sport often collect them, because, having been used in a major competition, everyone wants to retain a piece of the sports celebration and miracle.
We want the puck that we are presenting you now to become a symbol of the victory of our team, and that at the stands we hear more and more the traditional Russian hockey cheer ‘Shaybu-shaybu’.
The pucks used in the bronze-medal and gold-medal games will be donated to the Hockey Hall of Fame.
[Source: Inside the Games]