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Russia’s snowboarder Olyunin says was fit for gold in Sochi

February 18, 2014, 15:05 UTC+3 SOCHI
On the whole, he said, all snowboarders were “a bit nervous today as they feared that the competition could have been postponed again” due to weather conditions
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SOCHI, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Sochi Olympics silver medalist in men’s snowboard cross Nikolai Olyunin said he was able to fight for the gold in the final race, but decided against risking chances of taking no medal at all.

The 22-year-old Russian snowboarder conceded the gold to French Pierre Vaultier after they crossed the tracks at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course in the final competition on Tuesday. Alex Deibold of the United States clinched the bronze medal.

“I could have tried to hustle away the French snowboarder and to fight for the first place, but in that case an ensuing collision was highly probable,” Olyunin said after the competition. “I then realized that the second place was much better than nothing at all.”

On the whole, he said, all snowboarders were “a bit nervous today as they feared that the competition could have been postponed again” due to weather conditions. The event was originally slated for February 17, but was rescheduled for Tuesday due to heavy fog, which embraced the Mountain Cluster of the Sochi Olympics on Monday.

Denis Tikhomirov, head coach of the Russian Olympic snowboarding team, voiced almost the same opinion as Olyunin did about the silver medal, but at the same time expressed his regret about the missed gold.

“We were naturally expecting medals from our athletes, because we came here [to Sochi] not to simply put up a passing-through performance,” Tikhomirov said. “But I have to admit that we wanted the gold in the final, because the more you have, the more you want. Olyunin made a breakthrough and now we (Russia) have an Olympic medalist in our snowboard cross squad.”

Olyunin’s silver on Tuesday is the first ever Olympic medal for Russia’s men snowboarding team. The first Olympic snowboarding award for Russia was snatched at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver, where Yekaterina Ilyukhina won silver in women’s parallel giant slalom.

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