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Russian freestyler Rakhimova says lacked “aggression” in moguls finals

February 09, 2014, 3:12 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 09, 2:54 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian freestyle skier Regina Rakhimova said she was satisfied with her performance at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but “lacked aggression” in the finals of ladies’ moguls to step on the podium.

“I lacked aggression to reach the third round of the finals,” Rakhimova, who finished on Saturday in the 8th place of the overall standings of ladies moguls with 21.07 points, said.

“I am satisfied with my skiing in the second round of the finals, but not with the place I eventually occupied,” the 24-year-old freestyler said. “Of course I would have preferred a higher place.”

Rakhimova also said that she gained fewer points at the current Olympics than at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, where she finished in the 9th place with 22.70 points, because the skiing course in Sochi was “complicated and erratic.”

“The judges would also register even the slightest mistake,” she added.

Rakhimova’s teammates Marika Pertakhiya, Ekaterina Stolyarova and Elena Muratova finished the ladies moguls competition in the 17th, 19th and 21st places respectively.

The Olympic gold in ladies’ moguls went to Canada’s Justine Dufour-Lapointe and the silver to her elder sister Chloe Dufour-Lapointe. The bronze was grabbed by US Hannah Kearney, who is the 2010 Vancouver Olympic champion.

The overall medals standing of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is currently topped by Norway with two gold, one silver and one bronze medals. The second place is shared by Canada and the Netherlands, with each of them having won one gold, one silver and one bronze. They are followed by the United States in the 3rd place with one gold and one bronze medals.

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