Olympic Games of misfortune
¹ 1-2 (2010)
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
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.
Evgeny Ustyugov, 15 km mass start, gold.
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.
Evgeny Plyushchenko, silver. Oksana Domnina/Maksim Shabalin, ice dancing, bronze.
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.
Men: pair (Alexander Zubkov/Aleksey Voevoda), bronze. Women: pair (Anastasia Skulkina/ Elena Doronina), 10th place.
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.
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.
Ekaterina Ilyukhina, a parallel huge slalom, silver. Alexey Detkov, a parallel huge slalom, 4th place.
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.
Ivan Skobrev, 10000 metres bronze, 5000 metres silver. Ekaterina Shihova, 1500 tnetres 8th place.
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.
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.
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.
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
The resultsof national teams performance on Olympic Games in Vancouver
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