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Last Rehearsal

Summer Biathlon Russian Championships and Cup is the last rehearsal before the Olympic Games at the Laura complex. Women’s sprint race opened the program of the tournament. The victory of ultra-fast Irina Starykh, sniper accuracy of Ekaterina Glazyrina and the most devoted fan of Olga Zaitseva.


Event of the day – Summer Biathlon Russian Championships and Cup start on the Olympic track

Start of the summer championships became the main event of the Thursday. Women’s sprint opened the schedule of the tournament. The fight on the Olympic track was hot. Irina Starykh, representative of the Tyumen oblast, celebrated the victory.


Hero of the day – Irina Starykh

Sportsman of the Russian team, who trains for the next season in the team of Vladimir Korolkevich, became the best on the Olympic track. Even two misses did not prevent Irina from showing the best result in the race. After finish, she was surprised with the result and could not believe she had managed to win back 18–seconds lag after second shooting.


Speed of the day – Irina Starykh

Swift Ira rushed to the finish so fast, that no one and nothing could stop her. Not even the minor problems at the shooting range.


Accuracy of the day – Ekaterina Glazyrina

Ekaterina Glazyrina got the title of the best sniper in the sprint. She was the fastest among athletes who shot clean. Sportsman of the Russian team, who trains with the Pichler’s team, finished second 1.6 seconds behind Starykh.


Comment of the day – Svetlana Sleptsova: “No other team in the world has an opportunity to train in Sochi”

After her sixth place in the race, Sveta thanked the RBU and Sports Ministry for the opportunity to train on the Olympic track. She stressed that the Russian team has a unique opportunity to prepare in Sochi.

Fan of the day

Son of Olga Zaitseva Sasha was the most devoted supporter in the sprint. His titled mother placed fifth in the race and after the finish was hugged by the faithful fan).


Guests of the day – IOC commission

These days, the commission of the International Olympic Committee works in Sochi. Experts under the leadership of Franz Berger thoroughly inspect the Olympic venue to make sure that competitions that will take place here in February will be held at the highest level and with no complaints.


Photo of the day

Olga Zaitseva with Laura in the background is the nice view pictured by our talented photographer Evgeny Tumashov!

RBU Media Office