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MOSCOW, October 30. /TASS/. The executive board of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) approved on Thursday a list of 729 candidates for the national team to compete at the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in South Korea’s Pyeongchang on February 9-25, 2018.
The athletes in the list represent all 15 winter sports competitions to be held as part of the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, which was selected to host the 2018 Winter Olympics on July 6, 2011 in South Africa’s Durban, winning over the bids from Germany’s Munich and French Annecy.
Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko approved on September 22 a comprehensive program for the preparations of Russian athletes for the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Pyeongchang. The program stipulates in particular that the final stage of the athletes’ training for the 2018 Olympic could be held at sports bases and facilities in Russia’s Far East.
The Russian Olympic team made a considerable leap in its performance at the Games in Sochi comparing to the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver, where it finished with its worst ever medal tally in Winter Games, clinching three golds and ranking in 11th place in the overall medals standings.
This year, however, with only two days before the closing of the Sochi Olympics on February 23, the Russian team jumped in the first place of overall medals rankings and cemented the result on the last day of the Games by clinching two more gold, one silver and one bronze medals.
The team finished the Games with the overall result of 33 won medals (13 gold, 11 silver and 9 bronze medals) surpassing its previous Winter Olympics record of 11 gold medals, set at the 1994 Winter Games in Norway’s Lillehammer.
The 2014 Sochi Games were also the first Winter Olympics since 1952 when the Games’ hosting country won the highest overall number of awards as well as the biggest number of gold medals.