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SOCHI, January 23. /ITAR-TASS/. A 12-year-old female Sochi citizen, Polina Alexandrova, who trains at the Olympic reserve sports school, specializing in winter sports, will be the one to open the snowboard trail at the forthcoming Winter Olympics, the Sports Ministry of Russia’s Krasnodar Region told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The regional sports ministry said the girl's achievements in sports were so impressive that she really deserved the right to open the competition, an honor usually conferred upon mature and experienced athletes.
The young snowboarder’s coach, Alexei Zadorozhnyuk, said that Polina's parents decided she should dedicate herself to this type of sport, so she started practicing it seriously when she was eight, participated in different tournaments and became a medalist at the All-Russia Junior Snowboard Competition in 2013. She has been practicing snowboard for five years so far.
“I am very excited. I practice a lot, for it is a great responsibility," the girl told the media.
Polina Alexandrova will be the first to test the readiness of the slopes and the juries for the Sochi Olympics, which will be held in her hometown. The Parallel Giant Slalom snowboard race is scheduled for February 19 and the Parallel Slalom is three days later.