Lavrov warns against partition of SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 23, 0:00
Lavrov calls to coordinate Russian, US military action in SyriaRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 21:05
Lavrov blames Obama administration for souring Russia-US tiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:41
Waging war on Korean Peninsula inadmissible, says LavrovRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 20:36
Russian Northern Fleet completes drills in ArcticMilitary & Defense September 22, 18:01
OPEC and non-OPEC countries to continue talks on oil production cut dealBusiness & Economy September 22, 17:28
Russian pair figure skaters Kavaguti, Smirnov retire from sportSport September 22, 16:48
Record number of delegations register for St. Petersburg-hosted IPU AssemblyRussian Politics & Diplomacy September 22, 16:47
Astronauts to make quickest trip ever to ISS in DecemberScience & Space September 22, 16:27
ULYANOVSK, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. German musher Silvia Furtwangler remains the sole hopeful eyeing the finish of the Volga Quest dog sled race across two Volga river regions — all other participants defeated by severe frosts, race promoters reported on Thursday.
Silvia is heading from Ulyanovsk region to the finishing point of Kazan, capital of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan. “The athlete is in no hurry. She has no contenders left,” officials said. She even managed to take a two-hour nap, warming in a sleeping bag near the Ulyanosk region town of Segilei.
Russia's severe winter has not discouraged the German musher, remaining vigorous and cheerful. Silvia has been in the dog sled sport for 24 years but says her main achievements are “four children and five grandchildren”.
All other contenders dropped out of the race on a difficult lap from Samara region to Ulyanovsk, where temperatures plummet at the moment to minus 35 degrees Celsius.
Some athletes were injured. Driver Oleg Tyuryumin broke his leg and had to reach a clinic unaided, on his sled. Dogs also were hurt, with paws dislocated or broken. Promoters said such extreme races demanded not only stamina but also knowing how to handle the dogs.
“A dog must know the main commands and be responsive to the voice of the driver,” Artur Chubarkin from Togliatti explained. No force against the dogs, either. They will stop taking commands and fear the blows, he said.
Entrants in an event extreme for all spent two days in Ulyanovsk region. A long stopover brought rest in the town of Sengilei, and then Germany's Silvia headed for the village of Staraya Maina before sledding down the Volga to Kazan, where Volga Quest 2014 finishes on February 2.
The race started in Samara region's Togliatti on January 25, attracting drivers from Russia, European countries and the United States. The 640-kilometre route runs across the major cities of Togliatti, Ulyanovsk and Kazan, embracing the sites of a historic Volga region where, through the ages, the great waterway has hauled Eastern cargoes to Russia's north.