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MOSCOW, February 3. /TASS/. Russia’s 2014 Olympic silver medalist in men’s snowboard cross Nikolay Olyunin was selected to be the national team’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the second part of the 2015 Winter Universiade, to be held in Spain’s Granada on February 4-14, the Russian Snowboard Federation announced on Tuesday.
The 27th Winter Universiade has been divided in two parts with the first one in Nordic Skiing and Biathlon held in Slovakia’s Strbske Pleso and Osrblie between January 24 and February 1.
At the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, held in Russia’s resort city of Sochi, Olyunin led in all qualifying stages of the men’s snowboard cross event, but conceded the gold to French Pierre Vaultier after they crossed the tracks at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course in the final competition.
Olyunin was born October 23, 1991, in the East Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk. In 2010 he won World Junior Championship in Italy’s Cardona in snowboard cross and clinched silver at the 2013 Winter Universiade in Italy’s Trentino. The 23-year-old snowboarder also won the 2014 Russian Championship, which was held in Sochi.
According to the official website of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city.
It is only second to the Olympic Games. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.