SOCHI, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian luge double crew of Vladislav Yuzhakov and Vladimir Makhnutin are looking forward to Olympic competition in their luge discipline and seek to fight only for medals, Yuzhakov told Itar-Tass on Monday.
“We are already tired of waiting for our competition to begin, as we have reached a proper level of readiness to competition and are prepared to fight for medals,” Yuzhakov said. “We are completely ready for this and attuned our luge sled to the track. But it should be remembered that very much depends from your luck today in luge race. The ice is slippery and everything may happen on it. We took into account all other factors.
“To my mind, there is tough competition in the luge doubles event. Not only three German double crews, but also Austrian, Latvian and Canadian double sleds may win in Sochi. But we should not also be forgotten. Our younger lugers Vladislav Denisyev and Vladislav Antonov can also demonstrate their racing skills. I believe that our guys can fight for medals with a certain degree of luck,” the luger noted.
On Monday, 3rd and 4th doubles runs passed on the luge track. “We did not set the task to outrun all our rivals, we were just practicing some concrete technical elements to run even quicker at doubles race,” Yuzhakov told Itar-Tass.
Russian luger Albert Demchenko has won the silver medal in men’s singles, yielding to Felix Loch of Germany last Sunday. Other Russian lugers also demonstrated good results. Thus, Semen Pavlichenko took the fifth position, and Alexander Peretyagin was seventh.
“Qualification of all three fellow lugers in the first seven in Olympic competition did not come as surprise for me personally,” Yuzhakov added. “Coaches were training our lugers for this start. Semen Pavlichenko, Alexander Peretyagin have won places in the top ten at the Luge World Championships earlier, so, nothing unexpected happened yesterday. As for Albert Demchenko, it was very difficult for him to compete with Felix Loch, who became the best luger in singles event in Sochi. The German luger performed fantastically here,” the Russian luger noted.
Olympic medals will be contested in luge doubles on February 12.