12 april 2012 - The Sochi 2014 volunteer team's participation in the All-Russian volunteer "Youth Train" event has come to a close. Having covered 5 thousand kilometers over 10 days and carried out more than 5 hours of Olympic warm-up in 8 Russian cities, the Sochi 2014 volunteer team returned to Moscow. At every stop Sochi 2014 volunteers left behind them a personal memento, having given residents a symbolic volunteer heart, "lit" at the launch of the volunteer recruitment process in Olympic Sochi. During the trip to 8 Russian cities, volunteers explained about the Olympic and Paralympic Movement and organized mobile registration points for anyone who so wishes to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer.
One of the major stops for the team was Sochi, host of the 2014 Winter Games. At arrival the volunteer train was met by representatives of the Administration and residents of the city, including many Volunteer Movement companions. The volunteers visited the Museum of Sports Glory in the city of Sochi. In the museum, the volunteers were given the unique opportunity to touch the symbolic volunteer heart so that they could take some of its warmth home with them. These hearts had been “lit” at Krasnaya Polyana on February 7th, the launching day of the mass recruitment of volunteers.
Sochi 2014 volunteer, Artem Nechaev commented: "My role has been to provide the guys with a real demonstration of the great opportunities that Olympic sport opens to them. Volunteers will be at the very center of events, which means that their work will be hugely interesting and varied. And the task that lies ahead of them is truly important: to promote a healthy lifestyle"!
Sochi volunteer Oksana Babkina said: "We are not tired at all even after 10 days traveling! And every city we visited seemed to give us a fresh burst of energy. We told the guys what the Olympic Games are and explained that anyone can become a part of them"!
Silver volunteer Lidia Bocharnikova underlined: "After registering on the site, I received a letter by e-mail addressed to 'candidate'- I knew then for certain that I would become a Sochi 2014 volunteer. Dreams come true, I am in the team! It is a fantastic feeling".