Only one sports shop used to operate in Norilsk

Only one sports shop used to operate in Norilsk

July 10, 2023

In 1968, the Olimpian store was opened in a new building on Krasnoyarskaya street, 4. It was the first and the only specialized sports store at that time.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. The assortment was more than wide: fishing and hunting gear, boats and outboard motors, bicycles and motorcycles, tents and backpacks, sportswear and shoes.

There were no trainers at that time, instead of them – canvas shoes and ballet slippers. Expanders with crossbars at a price of 15 rubles for men, and gymnastic sets and flying saucer sports simulators for women. The latter – a metal pancake – can still be found in the Norilsk residents’ apartments.

In addition to selling equipment for athletes and tourists, Olimpian also put customers into the line for purchasing the biggest deficit – cars. That queue, taking into account the numerous beneficiaries, was years long.

In the History Spot photo project’s previous publication, we said that Norilsk air ticket offices looked like in the last century.

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Text: Svetlana Ferapontova, Photo: Nornickel Polar Branch and Norilsk people’s archives

July 10, 2023

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