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223 Athletes Announced for Russian Sochi Team

Published: January 24, 2014 (Issue # 1794)



  • The Iceberg Olympic skating palace located in the heart of the village.
    Photo: sochi2014.com

A record number of athletes will represent Russia at the next month’s Olympic Games in Sochi, the country’s sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Thursday.

The Russian team will be represented by 223 athletes across 15 sports, 46 more than at the last Winter Olympics in Vancouver in 2010. The previous Russian record team was 190 at Turin 2006.

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“Overall, we can say that the team has been formed and it is a very interesting team,” Mutko said. “Sixty-three percent are rookies who have never taken part in the Olympic Games before. There will be 223 athletes, so the team was mostly renewed.”

The official entry will be sent to the International Olympic Committee on Sunday, after which time changes may be made only for medical reasons.

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The 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia, who won European gold last week, will be the youngest member of the Russian team. At the other end of the spectrum is Turin 2006 luge silver medalist Albert Demtschenko, who will participate in his seventh Winter Games at the age of 42.

The 22nd Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi from February 7 to 23.





 


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Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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