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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, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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