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Opinion: losing match in Sochi Olympics tragedy for Russian women’s curling team

February 18, 2014, 1:55 UTC+3 SOCHI
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SOCHI, February 18, 1:46 /ITAR-TASS/. The loss to Britain in women’s curling in the Sochi Olympics is a tragedy for the Russian team, holds Tatiana Andrianova, former chief coach of the national team, secretary-general of the Russian Curling Federation.

The Russian team lost 6-9 to Britain on Monday in round robin session 11 of the Sochi Olympics and failed to make it to the play off. The Russian national women’s curling team dropped from the round robin tournament, winning three matches and losing six.

“The Sochi Olympics afforded huge experience to the Russian players,” Andrianova said. “It was the coaches’ shortcoming that they failed to win. They were close to a victory in every match. I believe they were ready for the victory in these Games, and if things go right, they will win in the next Olympics. All the talk that they cared only for makeup and cosmetics is rubbish,” Andrianova said. “Failing to qualify for the semifinals is a tragedy for them. They played well and were ready to win,” she said.

Andrianova commended the performance of Skip Anna Sidorova. “She lost only to the Canadian player,” said the secretary-general of the Russian Curling Federation. “She certainly lacks the experience of Jenifer Jones who has been in this sport for quite some time,” Andrianova said.

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