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MOSCOW, January 30. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian speed skaters need a strong team leader in order to win in the short track team pursuit at Sochi Winter Olympics, said the speed skating champion at the Turin Olympics 2006, a member of Russia’s State Duma lower house of parliament Svetlana Zhurova told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
“To date, the Russian speed skating team has no athlete who would be able to bear such a responsibility and lead the team. A coach is not enough for a team, for it needs someone who will manage to unite all its members. Unfortunately, the Russian team’s athletes want to be on their own. Speed skating is a tough sport, so we can do nothing about it”, she said.
Zhurova confessed that Russians were not particularly good at team pursuit. “However, it was all different in the Turin Olympics, because our team had a strict Soviet-style discipline and training”, she concluded.
The short track team pursuit is scheduled for February 22.