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Russian figure skaters exceed their Olympic target

February 14, 2014, 16:52 UTC+3 14
With two events still to go before the end of the contest Russian figure skaters have three medals to their credit
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SOCHI, February 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s figure skating team has already exceeded its target in terms of the number of medals it had hoped to win at the Sochi Olympics, the president of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, Alexander Gorshkov, said on Friday.

With two events still to go before the end of the contest Russian figure skaters have three medals to their credit - the highest award in the team contest, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maksim Trankov’s gold in pair skating, and Ksenia Stolbova and Fyodor Klimov’s silver in the same event.

“Figure skaters have already won three medals at these Olympics,” the official website of the figure skating federation quotes Gorshkov as saying. “The target the federation and the team have set to themselves have been exceeded. There are still two more events ahead: ice dancing and women’s singles. Let’s be focused on that.”

Gorshkov is curious why Evgeny Plushenko’s decision to quit the individual contest has caused such a row.

“Injures in sports are frequent. When an athlete drops out for health reasons, everybody should take a sober attitude to this. I cannot see why Plushenko’s decision has caused commotion,” Gorshkov, a Soviet ice dancing veteran said.

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