Laura is a complex for cross-country skiing and biathlon in Adler area of Sochi, where the Olympic 2014 and Paraolympic 2014 competitions in biathlon and cross-country skiing were held. Laura is located on the crest and slopes of the Psekhako Ridge at Krasnaya Polyana, 90 km from Sochi center and 60 km far from Sochi airport. This venue is located 850-1,430 meters above sea level.
Ski orienteering is a sport in which the participants independently choose the path of movement in the field. Athletes need to visit a number of control points marked in the field, in the shortest possible time by using only a map and a compass. Distance, which is formed by the control points on the ground, is unknown to the athletes before the start. Ski training and sense of direction shall be tested in such a way that the ability to focus will be a crucial element. In ski orienteering distance must be overcome mainly on skis. Parts of the distance can be overcome on foot, then the competitor must carry appropriately sized skis, poles and boots.
Types of competitions may differ in:
Time of the competition:
day (in daylight);
night (in the dark).
Type of the competition:
personal (each athlete competes independently);
relay (two or more team members complete consecutive individual distance);
team (results of all team members are added together).
World Championships in ski orienteering have been held since 1975.
Throughout the 3rd Winter Military World Games the competitions in the following disciplines will be held:
middle distance (men, women);
sprint (men, women);
relay (men, women).
Ski orienteering competitions are held in Laura Cross-Country Ski&Biathlon Center.