Anna Bulygina (1984- ), biathlete, Honoured Master of Sport, best Russian finisher (fourth) in the 7.5 kilometre sprint
Anastasia Kuzmina, born in Tyumen in Russia, competing for the national team of Slovakia, won the 7.5 kilometres sprint in the biathlon competitions at the Vancouver Olympics. Having made only one mistake in two lines of fire, Kuzmina finished with a score of 19 minutes 55.6 seconds, fifteen seconds ahead of Magdalena Neuner of the German team, who also made one mistake. Frenchwoman Marie Doren won the bronze. Russia’s biathletes were no medals in the first Olympic race. The best Russian scores were by Anna Bulygina (0 misses, fourth place), which lost the fight for the bronze to Doren by less than two seconds. Olga Zaitseva (0 misses), behind the winner of the race by 27.8 seconds, was in seventh, Svetlana Sleptsova (0 misses), lost to Kuzmina by 47.5 seconds, finished 13th. In final and 22nd place was Olga Medvedtseva (1 minute 6.0 seconds behind the leader), who had one mistake.
Women’s biathlon… Russia vs Germany 2009
In the overall World Cup this season, Doren and Kuzmina scored in the third tenth. Doren was in the 24th position; Kuzmina was in 28th. In the 2009/10 season, the best result in the sprint for Doren was seventh place was at the World Cup in Oberhof. Kuzmina came in the third in the individual race at the Slovenian Poklyuyke. We should note that rains and zero temperature in Whistler complicated the first Olympic biathlon race held there. After the rain ended, the trail was “limp” and slippery. The next event in the Biathlon will be the 10-kilometre pursuit race on 16 February.
Ivan Skorbev (1983- ), speed skater, Master of Sport/International Class, winner of the bronze in the 5,000-metre event
Skater Ivan Skobrev won the first Olympic medal for Russia in Vancouver, taking third place in the 5,000-metre competition with a score of 6 minutes 18.05 seconds, about 4 seconds behind Dutchman Sven Kramer, who won the gold with a time of 6 minutes 14.6 seconds. South Korea’s Lee Seon Hong was in second place at 6 minutes 16.95 seconds. Skobrev was in the penultimate, 13th, pair, and managed to get ahead of his nearest rival, the Italian Enrico Fabris. The fate of the bronze medal was decided in the final 14-metre stretch of the race, where Norwegian Howard Becky tried to grab the bronze. He went the distance in front of Skobrev, but he eventually lost to the Russian by only 0.75 seconds. Another Russia skater who competes in the 5,000 metres, Aleksandr Rumyantsev, was disqualified for the event.
Ivan Skobrev in a 1,500-metre race with Yevgeni Lalenkov… it gives you an idea of his technique… oh, yes, Lalenkov won this race.
Russian Olympic gold medallists will receive a prize of 100,000 euros (4.129 million Roubles 136,314 USD 86,846 UK Pounds), silver medallists will receive 60,000 euros (2.477 million Roubles 81,788 USD 52,107 UK Pounds), and bronze medallists pick up 40,000 euros (1.651 million Roubles 54,526 USD 34,378 UK Pounds).
Luger Albert Demchenko (1971- ), Honoured Master of Sport
Albert Demchenko is in fifth place in the luge after his first attempt in the singles competition at the Vancouver Olympics. The leaders of the competition after the first descent are Germany’s Felix Loch and David Muller, who are separated by 0.173 seconds. In third is the 2006 champion in Torino 2006, the Italian Armin Tsoggeler (0.305 seconds behind Loch). In addition to the three leaders, Demchenko is behind the Austrian Daniel Pfister. Demchenko’s gap from the leader is quite large, 0.415 seconds. Other two other Russian competitors, Viktor Kneib and Stepan Fedorov hold 17th and 24th places. At 06.10 MSK (03.10 UTC 22.10 EST 19.10 PST the last two, Saturday 13 February) on Sunday, the lugers begin the second of their four attempts. They will compete for their medals on Monday.
14 February 2010
Voice of Russia World Service