Crews working on finishing touches for Sochi Olympics

Thursday, February 6, 2014 - 9:14am

Crews are franticly working to put the finishing touches on Olympic venues in Sochi, Russia right now, NBC's Jay Gray has a preview of where all of the Olympic drama will play out.

Practice runs have started at the Olympic mountain cluster, a series of slopes, jumps, and half pipes, all centered around the Rosa Khutor Alpine Center.

After early concerns about a lack of snow, U.S. team members say conditions are well golden, Peter Foley, Head Coach U.S. Snowboard Team, "It's awesome, there's a lot of snow. We rode powder this morning and it was amazing."

U.S. skaters are making their practice rounds in the cluster of Olympic venues along the Black Sea coast, speed skaters in Adler Arena, the Bolshoy Ice Dome designed to look like a drop of water and the Sayba Arena, shaped to represent a whirlwind of snow or puck in motion is where Olympic hockey will be played.

While the premier event of the Winter Games for many, figure skating, will play out inside the "Iceberg" skating palace. All of the new, modern venues, centered around the Olympic Park.

There is stepped up security in the park and across the region, after early threats, the Russians say the games will be safe. Behind the scenes, an effort of Olympic proportions continues at NBC, the network will broadcast more than 1,500 hours of coverage and will stream more than a thousand hours of live competition online.

David Mazza, SVP, CTO NBC Sports, "It's probably been our hardest logistically, just because of the challenges of getting all the gear into Russia, getting through customs, getting across the oceans, getting through all the airports, it's been a real challenge."

A challenge that shifts to the American team now, hoping a lot of their TV time here will be on the medal stand.

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