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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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Thursday, Apr. 17


Expocenter Eurasia at 13 Ulitsa Kapitan Voronin is the sight of Goods on the Way, a five-day event starting today showcasing the latest in the industrial products industry. Bags, backpacks, swimsuits and much, much more will be available to attendees hoping to update not only their style but their accessories for the upcoming summer.


Friday, Apr. 18


Teachers and students alike shouldn’t miss the opportunity to establish lasting contacts with Russian and foreign institutions during the 21st Education and Career Fair at LenExpo, beginning today and finishing tomorrow. Learn more about education in Russia and connect with your fellow scholars.


The Tromso International Film Festival, Norway’s largest, brings a short festival to St. Petersburg for one day only during Scandinavian Oddities, starting at 7 p.m. today at Rodina Cinema Center. Tickets for the event are 100 rubles ($2.80).


Sunday, Apr. 20


Celebrate Easter at Pavlovsk during the Easter Fair that begins today and continues through next Sunday. Visitors will have the chance to paint Easter eggs and children can take part in games as well as help decorate a tree in honor of Christianity’s holiest day.


Today is one of the final days to see the exhibit Cacti — Children of the Sun at the Peter the Great Botanical Garden. Starting Apr. 17, budding botanists will marvel at the variety and beauty of the desert’s most iconic plant.


Monday, Apr. 21


Improve your grasp of Neruda, Bolano and Marquez at TrueDA’s Beginners Spanish Lesson this evening at their location on the Petrograd Side. An experienced teacher will be on hand to help all attendees better understand the intricacies of the language and improve their accent.


Tuesday, Apr. 22


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The AmCham Environment, Health and Safety Committee Meeting is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. this morning in the their St. Petersburg office.