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Russia’s titled luger Demchenko brushes age aside, set to continue competing

March 31, 2014, 16:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Albert Demchenko, the six-time Olympian, has been performing for the Russian national luge team since 1992
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Russian luger Albert Demchenko

Russian luger Albert Demchenko

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MOSCOW, March 31. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s most titled luger Albert Demchenko, who turns 43 this November, said on Monday he will continue his sports career and sent the relevant papers to the International Luge Federation (FIL).

“I have already sent a schedule of my trainings for the next three months to the International Luge Federation,” Demchenko told ITAR-TASS, when asked whether he was going to compete in the next season.

The athlete from the northern Moscow Region town of Dmitrov had the deadline until the end of March to submit with the FIL his plans concerning the next season of luge competitions as the federation has already begun drafting a pool of international athletes to be subjected for regular doping tests.

Demchenko, the six-time Olympian, has been performing for the Russian national luge team since 1992, and his first Olympic medal was silver at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy’s Turin. He finished in the fourth place at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver, but at this year’s Winter Games in Russia’s Sochi he won silver both in men’s singles and in team relay.

The Russian athlete also won a total of five medals at the FIL European Luge Championships - two golds (Men's singles: 2006, 2010), two silvers (Men's singles: 1996, 2008), and one bronze (Men's doubles: 1996).

Following his performance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu commissioned him to the rank of Captain.

Demchenko is happily married and raises a daughter. His 18-year-old daughter Victoria followed in her father’s footsteps and is also competing in luge events at the international level. At the 1st Youth Olympic Games, held in Austria’s Innsbruck in 2012, she finished in the 4th place in team relay and in the 20th place in singles.

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