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ABOUT THE CITY

Photografer Evgeniy Listuk (http://elistuk.ucoz.ru)

Khanty-Mansiysk is the administrative centre of Khanty-Mansy Autonomus Okrug – Ugra. The City with the population a bit more than 76 000 people is located on West Siberian Plain territory, on the right bank of Irtysh River, 20 km from its confluence with the Ob.

The total area is near 338 km2. According to the international standard, Khanty-Mansiysk belongs to Yekaterinburg Time Zone +5:00. The time difference with Moscow is +2 hours.

The administrative center of Ugra has hosted different sport events of international, Russian and regional level since 2000. They are World Cup Biathlon stages (2000, 2005 and from 2007 to 2010), International Biathlon Union Grand-Prix (2002, 2004, 2006), Winter World Championships Biathlon (juniors – 2001, adults – 2003) and Summer

World Championships Biathlon (juniors – 2000). World Cross Country skiing competitions were also held in Khanty-Mansiysk (Grand-Prix final stage “Sprint Tour 2008”). There were World contests on women water polo among juniors, Russian competitions on body-building, snowboarding, synchronized swimming, lawn-tennis, show jumping, track and field athletics, boxing and other popular sports.

In 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk hosted intellectual contest – 39th World Chess Olympiad. 160 man and 120 woman teams came to the city. The Assembly and the 81st FIDE Congress took place at the same time. During the Olympiad more than 3000 visitors were staying in Khanty-Mansiysk, and more than 2000 of them were taking part in the competition and its preparing. The 13-storeyed hotel “Olympic” with 850 rooms was built specially for the competitors of the Chess Olympiad.

Photografer Evgeniy Listuk (http://elistuk.ucoz.ru)

Besides Khanty-Mansiysk has its own professional hockey club “Ugra”. Domestic games and trainings are held in sport center “Arena-Ugra”. Ugra team got the Russian top division champion title twice. This year the region was represented by Ugra team in Continental Hockey League. Players managed to get 28 victories in Regular Championship, to win two play-off matches and to finish the season at the 10th position.

Khanty-Mansiysk citizens love winter sports which is obvious, as it is snowing for almost a third of the year and the snow cover reaches 1 meter high here. In winter with low humidity (near 80%) the temperature falls down to 40ºC below zero. The average temperature varies from -20ºC to -25ºC.

Photografer Evgeniy Listuk (http://elistuk.ucoz.ru)

Khanty-Mansiysk is located on seven hills. It is called a “green island”, as its residential areas are mixed with cedar forest on the territory of the nature park “Samarovski Chugas”. The ethnographic open-air museum “Torum Maa”, mountain-skiing complexes “Coniferous Urman” and

“Kedrovy”, tubing track, Winter Sports Center named in honour of A. Filipenko, Children and Youth Sport School of the Olympic Reserve ski tracks, Stream valley.

It is worth mentioning that the name “Samarovski Chugas” was borrowed from indigenous peoples – khanty and mansi. In Irtysh khanty dialect

“Chugas” means “a high river bank, covered with taiga”. It is called “Samarovski” due to Samar, khanty prince of Belogorsky princedom. At the second half of XVI century he founded a town Samar-vosh at the place of Khanty-Mansiysk historical center. Russians had started to develop this territory since the end of the XVI century, but the settlement continued till the middle of the XX century. In 1940 the settlement Ostyako-Vogulsk was renamed Khanty-Mansiysk. In 1950 the settlement got the status of a city. The south part, Samarovo, was also annexed.

Photografer Evgeniy Listuk (http://elistuk.ucoz.ru)

Team standings
     
1 Russia 20 13 15 48
2 Ukraine 8 9 6 23
3 Norway 1 5 3 9
4 Canada 5 2 7
4 Poland 1 5 1 7
6 Germany 2 4 6
6 Belarus 1 2 2 5
8 Finland 4 4
8 Italy 2 1 3
10 France 1 1
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