Started by the American-Russian Sports Association "Harmony" (ARSA) and the American Association of Russian Women (AARW), "Road to Sochi" is a project that is informing people about the 2014 Winter Olympic Games and more.
"We need to let people know about the Olympic Games and about our very beautiful city, because something like this, it can help relations between our countries," said Tatyana Pozdnyakova, a member of the Soviet women’s gold medal team at the 1981 World Cross Country Championships in Madrid.
She and other athletes from the former Soviet Union, who are now living in the U.S., are competing in marathons across the country this year to help spread the word about Sochi, the Olympics, and Russia in general.
"The average American doesn’t know much about Russia, and they know even less about Sochi," said Pavel Krapiva, ARSA president. "So we have information, and we hope people will get excited."
The athletes agree with him when he says sports is an ambassador of peace.
"We are part of America and part of Russia, and so the Sochi Olympic games gives us a unique opportunity to unite our differences and use sports as an instrument to bring these nations together," said Elena Orlova, a Russian American with several international marathon wins. "We have reset the relationship between Russia and the United States, and we are doing our best to enhance this relationship."
Source, Photo: RIA Novosti