About the composition, medals, flag, mascots, blue cheburashka, expectations and the most beautiful girl of the Olympics.
From 12 to 28 February 2010, Vancouver will host the XXI Winter Olympic Games. Canada already has experience hosting the Olympics (Calgary, 1988)
How many of our athletes will be in Vancouver
The composition of the Russian team for the Winter Olympics in Vancouver includes179 people.
Who is the most
The largest team line-up is in hockey teams - 44 athletes (23 in men's and 21 in women's).
Athletes will compete in 16 sports.
- Biathlon (12 people)
- Bobsleigh (16 people)
- Skiing (5 persons)
- Skiing combined (2 people)
- Curling (5 persons)
- Skating (17 persons)
- Cross-country skiing (20 people)
- Ski jumping (5 people)
- Sledging (10 persons)
- Skeleton (4 people)
- Snowboard (6 persons)
- Figure skating (16 people)
- Freestyle (11 persons)
- Men's Ice Hockey (23 people)
- Women's ice hockey (21 people)
Short track (5 people)
Download the squad (sport, names of athletes)
About the flag
The Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the games will be carried by forward of the Russian hockey team Alexei Morozov.
About the symbolic
In the Vancouver Olympic Village, where the Winter Olympic Games start tomorrow, the Russian flag was raised today to confirm our participation in the Games.
About the most beautiful girl of the Olympics
Only one Russian woman got into the rating. Lyudmila Privivkova is the captain of the curling team. She placed 6th out of 25.
The press often notes how prettier Lyudmila has become over the past 4 years.
On the emblem of the 2010 Olympics is an inukshuk statue named Ilanaak (translated from Inuktitut - "friend").
Image copied from a statue on the coast of English Bay in Vancouver.
As for the color scheme, its designations are simple: green, blue and cyan symbolize forests, mountains and the ocean, red is the color of the maple leaf located on the flag of Canada, and yellow is the color of the rising sun.
The mascots will be three animals: Miga, Kuatchi and Sumi. All of them are creatures from local legends. Kuatchi is a shy bigfoot, Miga is a mischievous fur seal, Sumi is an "animal spirit" (many representatives of the fauna of the Canadian Pacific coast are connected in it). Sumi will be the Paralympic mascot of the Games. Of course, they do not exist either in Russian or Canadian, or in any other nature, except for the mythical one.
About the emblem of our team
On the other hand, our Cheburashka (by the way, blue - this year) also does not exist.
Recall that since 2004 (Athens) Cheburashka changed color every two years. In Turin, the "native" brown gave way to white, and in Beijing, white was replaced by red.
At the Winter Olympic Games medals will be played in 15 disciplines. The design of the medals was developed over two years. It is known that they will be one of the most difficult in the history of the Olympic Games. As you can see in the photo, the designers used the ethnic motifs of the indigenous population of Canada.
According to the results of a non-scientific poll, most Russians believe that Evgeni Plushenko just should take the gold medal.
"There was a period when we were always first. For the last 16 years, we have not been able to do this. I believe that the performance of our team can be recognized as a success if we take at least fourth place in the team standings. In Sochi, we, of course, must take a prize in the team event," State Duma Chairman Boris Gryzlov told reporters.
Where to follow
On the website of the Olympic Committee and in the news.
Where to vote for the victory or failure of the Russian team
On the main page of our website, in the lower right corner.
Photos and illustrations: Oleg Naumov (Russian Olympic Committee), vancouver.com, Vladimir Shadrin