Overthrow from the Olympus
¹ 1-2 (2010)
Russian team has ruined the Games in Canada let's call things by their proper names. Ten millions of Russian fans remained discouraged by the results of White Olympic
From leaders to middlings.
Our country has been recently reputed as supersports power. Sportsmen of the USSR, not long of the CIS and Russia (more under inertia, on the basis and heritage of the Soviet period) contended for the first team place. We competed as equals with teams of the USA, the former GDR, Germany, the Scandinavian countries and often leaved them behind. To take the second place was considered as a failure or, to put it mildly,
If we do not make serious and urgent conclusions, including the organization, we will not perform better
Firstly, the preparation of the trainer's staff serving potential medallists. Secondly, the creation of the integrated support team, that is the preparation of the highly tailored scientific personnel. Thirdly, there were created four national institutes of sports. «Own the podium» program budget has made over$100 million! One half of a sum was allocated by the Canadian government, the second half by sponsors, representing
Truly Russian questions: «What to do» and «Who is guilty?» have concerned domestic sports more than ever. It is absolutely clear, that serious changes have come to the Russian sports. And, maybe, not so much concerning the organization, but structure and methodology.
Olympic Games are not only puck, points, seconds, metres. They are, more likely, the indicator of all state achievements. Management efficiency, quality of managers' work, medicine, struggle with dope problems (remember the disqualification of Albina Ahatova and Ekaterina Yuryeva our best biathlonists, perhaps), the newest technologies, economic achievements, at last.
But we lag behind, like poor «Oka» lags behind «Mercedes» on a highway. Swisses create boots fastening with the improved aerodynamic characteristics for their jumper, and he puts a gold medal on his breast twice. Canadians work out special alloy, which reduces skates friction on ice. German tobogganers cooperate with BMW, Italian with «Ferrari».
And our Albert Demchenko assembles his sledge in usual garage he is lucky with the mechanic, they say, he is unique. «Bronze» skeletonist Alexander Tretyakov was bought from Latvians. He trains in Latvia there is no special track in our country.
Anti-records and anti-advertising.
The most terrible Olympic Games in the history of the Russian sports will be remembered by antirecords. We haven't yielded the first place in man's figure skating for 22 years, in pair skating for 46 years! For the first time hockey players were left counted out of the strongest four. We have poorly performed skis, especially woman's, only in end we have showed good results in biathlon. Woman's ski team has lost for the first time since 1988 and have become the eighth, and man's team, on the contrary, couldn't have owned the podium since then.
The former head of Ministry of sports Vitaly Mutko has suggested Russians to take Vancouver results easily and has sounded a set of problems: «Low level of sportsmen in medal kinds of sports, inefficient youth selection and sports disorder in 1990th». What concerns the selection,
If Russians won «gold» in our national pride on ice of owners and ancestors of the Games, Canadians and all offences, defeats would be forgiven and forgotten by domestic fans, I am assured. For one hockey only. And what do we have? We have got seven slaps in the face, having conceded without struggle and in one gate. Here is the citation of the American colleague known as great admirer of Ovechkin and Russian hockey as a whole: «Defeat of Russia in Canada in Olympic quarterfinal was one of the most unconditional, declarative and resolute castrations in hockey for last decades». It is not difficult to guess what wrote the opponents of the Russian hockey. Vyacheslav Bykov's team did not have enough psychological spirit. And one more thing. As it seemed to me, our professionals, Russian NHL and
«Struggle with anarchy!»
The progress of Canadian team from the Olympic Games in Calgary-1988 to Vancouver-2010.
Author: Konstantin Kukharenko