SOCHI, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko told reporters that he was satisfied with the results of Russian athletes in the first days of the Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi.
“When summing up results of Russian team in the first days of the Olympics, I say that I am not feeling ashamed for results of our Olympic athletes,” Mutko said. “At all competitions, which were already held, Russian athletes were competing with leaders and fighting for medals. Sometimes our Olympic athletes lack qualification skills, subjective factors sometimes interfere in progress of competitions. But in general Russian team cannot be reproached of anything, though many people would like to see Russia higher in team standings. The Olympics is just at the start of its way,” the minister noted.
The number of kinds of sports, in which Russian athletes compete with representatives of other leading winter sport countries, went up as compared to the Vancouver Winter Olympics 2010, the sports minister said. “We have won a medal in short track thanks to efforts of Victor An,” Mutko added. “Denis Yuskov skated quite well at 5,000-meter race, though that was not his race. Alexander Smyshlyaev, who has won the bronze medal in freestyle, has made a remarkable achievement. Other freestylers are very promising young people. Olga Graf has won a medal in 3,000-meter race. Our girls have not won anything in this race for a long time. All this points to the fact that our sport potential grew,” the minister added.
Russian Olympic team has already won one gold medal, two silver medals and three bronze medals.