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Our Olympic zest (1656)
Maksim Fyodorov, editor-in-chief of the Publishing House «MediaYug»  
Dmitry Medvedev, the president of the Russian Federation: «We must take this unique chance» (1780)
Jacques Rogge, the president of the International Olympic Committee «We trust Russia» (1684)
Leonid Tyagachev, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee: «Nothing But Gold!» (1712)
Vitaly Mutko, the minister of sports, tourism and youth policy of the Russian Federation «The Olympic Games will build up the authority of our power» (1958)
Dmitry Kozak, the minister of the regional development of the Russian Federation: «The money invested into the Olympics won’t be wasted» (1746)
«The Young and Daring Want to Win» (2003)
Nobody wants to risk the success (1725)
Russians are leading. Sport victories consolidate people better then political speeches (1646)
Line up! (1966)
The Roads to the Big Sport (1689)
The Olympic State Standard (1746)
Staff means everything (1684)
New-ploughed field–2014 (1715)
The Team of Our Pride (2140)
Gentle Misha and the rest. Olimpic symbols represent not only the Games, but the countries where they take place (2215)
Reloading. Political sport projects «Moscow–1980» and «Sochi–2014» have a lot in common (1935)

The Olympic necklace

¹ 1 (2008)
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There are obvious proofs of the Olympic Games conducted in ancient towns on the southern territories of the present-day Russia.

We’re talking about the Russian part of the huge heritage of the ancient age. The treasures are situated in the south of Russia in the Rostov and Krasnodar regions and of course in the greatest museums of Moscow, St Petersburg and southern cities, which have been forming their ancient collections with archeological relicts of the ancient Russian settlements and necropolises excavations. I don’t know the future official name of this route. It may be «The ancient world of Russia» or «The Olympic necklace». But there is no doubt that this path will be associated with an exciting journey, rest, knowledge and education, healthy way of life and a notable trend in tourism, cleaner environment and historical and cultural monuments care.

Yet there is no such a route… It begins in the archeological culture preserve «Tanais». It is one of the three ancient Russian reserves along with Germonassa in Taman and Gorgippia in Anapa. Since 1961 Tanais has been the first and the best extant settlement and necropolis of the ancient monuments. The conservation zones of Tanais include the monuments of different ages: Kamennaya Balka—lithic age, Lutik fortress — 17th century, the temple of the Repose of the Virgin—the early 20th century… Here gods of different nations are still living in peace; the town is fitted to the first pages of European civilization. Strabon, a geographer, described it as the largest marketplace for Greeks and steppe peoples. The archeological museum in Taman is one of the best in our country. The church of the Intercession has no analogues. The mansion ensemble is reconstructed according to Lermontov’s story. Mud lake and beaches in Veselovka… Is there any other place on Earth where you can swim in one sea and after half an hour in the other? There is one, in Taman. In the stanitsa there is also Germonassa settlement, the only Russian ancient town with a feminine name… But at the moment the settlement is being undermined by the sea and the cultural layers of the monument are being collapsed.

Gorgippia town is situated within the limits of the present-day Anapa. The «Gorgippia» reserve created here includes a small museum and open parts of some blocks and a street. One of the outstanding discoveries is Hercules vault decorated with fresco. Wall paintings are unique with their originality and content remain in the vault; some parts of them are now exhibited in the museum. The vault is demolished to clear a space for a standard typical hotel…

The history of the sport culture of the ancient period of the country becomes particularly significant in the context of the future Olympic Games in Sochi. In the ancient ages competitions played a significant role in the public life of cities and settlements, such as Tanais, Fanagoria, Germonassa, Gorgippia, etc. One can talk not only about the single economical and cultural area of the ancient North Black Sea region – the Azov Sea Region — but also about single sport space of Ecumene. Panathenaic amphorae, mythological heroes — founders of the Olympic games — Achilles, Hercules, Hermes and others are embodied in numerous monuments of art found by archeologists during investigating the south settlements and necropolises, these are documentary witnesses of close connection between the Eastern Black Sea region and competition culture of the Ancient Greece. There are also direct artifacts proving the fact of conducting Games in the ancient towns in Russian territory: the winners’ lists of the Gorgippia’s competitions…

We can talk about establishing a new economical industry for the south regions of Russia. A long-term program for travel business could narrow an enormous gap between exciting findings and discoveries which make up classical chapters of school and university courses, expositions of the greatest Russian museums in Moscow, St Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Azov, Sochi, exhibitions of our antiquityabroad and miserable conditions of existing of the settlements where all these findings and discoveries were made.. In the system of existing historical and natural potential the major task is to design and to construct some large complexes which are able to form the necessary infrastructure for tourism.

Taking into consideration the present-day routes, stable transport structure to plan the position of such complexes is not at all a difficult matter: the Don Silver Ring — in the Lower Don — is the area of some major historic-architectural and archeological reserves — Tanais, Starocherkassk, Taganrog. In the Krasnodar region there is the Taman Ring: Taman’ peninsula and Anapa (Fanagoria, Kepy, Germonassa, Gorgippia…). The Sochi Ring is Gelendzhik — Sochi. Antiquity determined the future of Europe and Asia.