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Olympic Games of misfortune

1-2 (2010)
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Russian sportsmen — about their performance in Canada.

If there was not unsuccessful performance of the Russian national team on the Olympic Games in Vancouver, it should have been made up… «Olympic Reporter» decided to give the floor to the participants of winter Olympic Games-2010: what do they think of their trip to the maple leaf country?

Ice hockey.

Men — 1/4 final, women — group stage.

Alexander Ovechkin, the forward of Russian national team:

— I would like to tell those people, who trust and love us: we tried and did everything we could. Nobody would tell, that we had a bad team. We had an excellent national team, everybody fought. But such were the circumstances. That's all.

Biathlon.

Evgeny Ustyugov, 15 km mass start, gold. Svet-lana Sleptsova, Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Olga Medvedtseva and Olga Zaytseva, 4x6 km relay race, gold. Olga Zaytseva, 12 km mass start, silver. Ivan Cherezov, Anton Shipulin, Maksim Chudov, Evgeny Ustyugov, 47,5 km relay race, bronze.

 Evgeny Ustyugov:

— I fought to the last. After individual race, when one wrong shot separated me from a medal, I longed to prove to myself, that I can.

Figure skating.

Evgeny Plyushchenko, silver. Oksana Domnina/Maksim Shabalin, ice dancing, bronze.

Evgeny Plyushchenko:

— I am glad, that I have won a medal all the same — even silver. At present system, when it is possible to become the Olympic champion without a fourfold jump, we throw our kind of sports back in development. And make just ice dancing.

Bobsleighing.

Men: pair (Alexander Zubkov/Aleksey Voevoda), bronze. Women: pair (Anastasia Skulkina/ Elena Doronina), 10th place.

Alexander Zubkov:

— The race was very hard, we are happy, that we have managed to win a medal. We, as it is known, had problems with the skates, but we did not think about it, we we just doing our work. We have made it, and we are very glad.

Tobogganing.

Albert Dem-chenko, 4th place. Tatyana Ivanova, 4th place.

Tatyana Ivanova:

— I wished to win a medal, but I couldn't. I have made a mistake on the third lap. Probably, because of inexperience. Olympic Games atmosphere put pressure too.

Snowboard.

Ekaterina Ilyukhina, a parallel huge slalom, silver. Alexey Detkov, a parallel huge slalom, 4th place.

Ekaterina Ilyukhina:

— I am happy. I am filled with emotions, of course, till now I try to realise what has happened. I see everything in a mist. But on a track, on the contrary, everything was extremely clear: to go to fight for myself, and for team.

Skating.

 Ivan Skobrev, 10000 metres — bronze, 5000 metres — silver. Ekaterina Shihova, 1500 tnetres — 8th place.

Ivan Skobrev:

— For me this bronze is the same as victory. It was important to me to beat my team and heat partner Enriko Fabris. And I am happy, that I manage to beat the Olympic champion.

Ski jump.

Denis Kornilov, -95, 26th place.

Dmitry Vasilev, the leader of a national team:

— In Russia there is no springboard meeting the international standard. They say, that promises are like piecrust, made to be broken, and we have been already waiting for 15 years.

Alpine skiing.

Alexander Horoshilov, super-combination, 21st place. Elena Prosteva, super-giant, 24th place.

Alexander Horoshilov:

— I consider, that we do not concede to the best national teams of the world in equipment. Probably, we do not train in a proper way.

Short-track.

Semyon Elistratov and Ruslan Zakharov, preliminary heats. Nina Evteeva, semifinal, 1500 metres. Nina Evteeva:

— At present level of sportsmen preparation in Russian national team it is impossible to win a medal on the Olympic Games. Those offered loads are not enough. I mean the most simple things: number of trainings every day, speed, quantity of circles.

It couldn't be worse

In Vancouver Russian national team has shown the worst result in the history of the winter Olympic Games by number of gold medals and place in the team event. For the first time Russians have won only three highest awards; earlier (Grenoble-1968 and Salt-Lake-City-2002) they did not gain less than five victories. Probably, in some years, the effective system of attraction of staff from all country will be realized. Already now Ministry of Health and Social Development of the Russian Federation prepares programs on retraining, training for a new profession and moving for a new place of work for jobless citizens. «But this process goes too slowly, for the course of preparation of the Olympic Games was not such tense», — Natalia Bendarzhevskaya regrets.

The resultsof national teams performance on Olympic Games in Vancouver

Place

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

Place

Country

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Total

1

Canada

14

7

5

26

2

Germany

10

13

7

30

3

USA

9

15

13

37

4

Norway

9

8

6

23

5

Korea

6

6

2

14

6

Switzerland

6

0

3

9

7

China

5

2

4

11

8

Sweden

5

2

4

11

9

Austria

4

6

6

16

10

Holland

4

1

3

8

11

Russia

3

5

7

15

1,8 billion roubles Russia has spent for preparation of sportsmen for the Olympic Games in Vancouver.

100 000 euros will get Russian sportsmen for Vancouver gold from the Government of Russian Federation.

$6000 Russian had to pay for a trip to Canada.


Author: Sergey Semyonov