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Our Hopes

Olympic team of athletes - representatives of the Far Eastern Federal District

Our Hopes

Until the opening of the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi there are few hours. During the Olympics - with 7 on 23 February - a total of 98 sets of awards in 15 sports will be played. Winter games will become record-breaking in the number of competitions announced for them, so the number of medals produced is also the largest for the Olympic history - about 1300 pieces. We will be rooting for the Russian team, in particular for our, Far Eastern athletes.

Figure skater Evgeni Plushenko

Was born 3 November 1982 year in the village of Dzhamku, Khabarovsk Territory. The sportsman, who became a legend, in the season - 1996 / 97 won the junior world championship, and a year later debuted in the adult championship of the planet, having won bronze.

Plushenko came to the first Olympic Games in 2002 in the status of the favorite and the reigning champion of Europe and the world, but in a bitter struggle he lost to Alexei Yagudin. Over the course of the next Olympic cycle, Evgeny moved step by step towards the main goal - the gold of the Games in Turin. After a triumph in Italy, the skater, who by that time had three victories at the world championships and five successes in continental forums, announced his retirement. On the eve of the 2010 Olympics, the Russian returned to sports and took second place in Vancouver.

Plushenko's speech at the Sochi Olympics will become a feat, considering the problems with his back, which forced him to postpone the hardest operation on the spinal column at the end of January of 2013, but the Olympic champion over many years accustomed the fans to expect only victories from him.

Skater Ivan Skobrev

Was born 8 February 1983 year in Khabarovsk, where he began to play sports. Natural data coupled with constant training allowed Ivan to reach the international level already at 17 years - he made his debut at the World Youth Championship. In 2002, speaking at this tournament for the third time, Skobrev won a silver medal in the all-around. In the same season, he first tried his hand at the World Cup.

In 2007, the athlete for the first time became the bronze medalist of the World Championship in the team race. At the Games-2010 Ivan became a true hero of the entire Russian team, having won silver and bronze at the distances of 5 and 10 kilometers. In 2011, Ivan became world and European champion in classical all-around, and also received two world championship awards at separate distances.

Ivan fits with the rank of the leader of the Russian team to his third Olympiad. Moreover, the Sochi ice has already brought him good luck - in 2013, the skater won two bronze medals at the World Championships. Skobrev's speed and endurance are still with him, and therefore Ivan is ready to fight at home Games for the highest places.

Mountain skier Maria Bedareva

was born 3 March 1992 year in the Kamchatka Territory. The future athlete of the Russian team for the first time left the snow-covered slope in six years. In 2007, Bedareva debuted at international competitions, and two years later won the silver medal of the Russian championship in the supergiant. The first performance of the skier at the European Cup was at the end of 2009.

In 2011 and 2012, Maria, without much success, took part in the junior championships of the world. In March 2012 Bedareva managed to become the silver medalist of the national championship in the supergiant for the second time in her career.

A year before the Olympic Games in Sochi, an athlete first tried her strength at the adult world championships, where she showed stable and decent results for her level. Best of all, she managed to perform in a super combination, in the final protocol of which Maria was on the 28 position. 

We hope that it is the home Olympics that can become a stimulus for progress for young talented skiers and a springboard for higher results.

Skier Alexander Khoroshilov

16 was born on February 1984, in the city of Yelizovo, Kamchatka Krai. The future multiple champion of Russia began to master the technique of passing the snow-covered slopes in his homeland at the age of five.

In March 2004 Alexander first came to the podium of the Russian championship, becoming a bronze medalist in the slalom. A year later, Khoroshilov made his debut at the World Championships in Bormio, but could not reach the finish line in any of the disciplines. In total, in his track record 16 starts in the world championships, and the best result the athlete showed in supercombination at the world forum in France in 2009 year, where he closed the top ten strongest. In the same year Alexander only time in his career got on the podium at the stage of the European Cup.

The Olympics in Sochi will be the third for Khoroshilov in his career - at the Games in Turin and Vancouver he was close to getting into the top 20.

Skier Elena Yakovishina

In 2008 for the first time appeared at the Russian Championship, but could not get into the top ten in any of the disciplines. A year later, Yakovshina successfully debuted at the junior world championship, hitting the top ten in combination, and then won the first medal of the national championship, having risen to the third step of the pedestal in the supergiant. In 2011, the sportswoman performed for the first time at the European Cup. In addition, for the same season, and the first victory of Helen in the Russian championship.

Last year, Yakovishina pleased the Russian fans of skiing with an excellent debut at the World Championships: in the Super Combination in Schladming the native of Kamchatka showed the 21 result.

Goalkeeper Anna Prugova

20 was born on November 1993 of the year in Khabarovsk. In 14 years she made her debut in the youth team of Russia. As often happens in situations with outstanding hockey players, in her youth she had been playing in the men's team for several years.

The town of Dmitrov near Moscow has become a new home for a Khabarovsk woman. As part of the local "Tornado", which does not let competitors take the first place for three seasons in a row, Prugova became a multiple champion of Russia. Practice in such a strong team helped Anna to get to the Olympics in Vancouver, where she was the youngest hockey player. At that time, she was not even 17 years old.

Prugova is one of the few players of the Russian women's team, known beyond the narrow circle of specialists. With her external data, she attracts the eyes of thousands of men, even those who are sure that hockey is not a female sport. Anna has been filmed several times for various magazines and is perhaps the most recognizable Russian hockey player. Prugova easily combines photo shoots and training, because after the bronze world championship she will be taken to Sochi for the second Olympiad. 

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