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Bon voyage! Russian Olympians were carried out in Turin

February 3 2006

Held in Moscow today seeing the Russian Olympic team in Turin. Games themselves will begin next week, but the official (or formal) procedure is held is now in the heart of Moscow.

The appointed time before the gates of Alexander Garden formed a red-white sea: athletes, dressed in official uniform team of Russia, ezhilis in the cold. Waited for high leadership. Athletes attacked the press and ordinary fans, who wanted to be photographed and receive a coveted autograph. Among the mass of athletes stood out Elena Sokolova - our great skater was as always friendly and frank.

Elena, for any sports will be hurt?

- I love many kinds of sports. Of winter, I prefer hockey, really like the biathlon, skiing. The most important thing in my mind - is that it benefits Russia.

- In other sports, have friends, acquaintances, whom you might support at least.

- After the Olympics I will have both friends and acquaintances, and yet just could not.

But here's leadership emerged - through the gates of Alexander the garden through a series lined up young athletes marched head of Rossport Vyacheslav Fetisov, chief manager of the hockey team of Russia Pavel Bure, dressed, as expected, in the form of an official Russian national team, and a delegation of MPs.

Struck up the orchestra, started the procedure of laying of wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Then, the Olympians have moved to the Kazan Cathedral in the Moscow Kremlin. There was held a prayer service. Further, the Olympians took place in GUM and where was the main part of the ceremony.

Before the athletes were prominent politicians, cultural figures, among them chairman of the Russian Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev, Deputy Prime Minister Russia, Alexander Zhukov, a People's Artist of the USSR Oleg Tabakov, and others. But the most touching moment of the ceremony was the transfer of the Olympic flag of our glorious konkobezhkoy, multiple Olympic champion Lidia Skoblikova konkobezhke, world champion Svetlana Zhurova.

Leonid Tyagachev delivered the message of Vladimir Putin of the Russian Olympians.

"You - the best of the best recognized leaders, you enter into the struggle for responsible sports honor of the country. On behalf of all Russian citizens to wish you a successful start, decent performances, and, of course, brilliant victories and winning the highest standard.

During the Olympics, we feel a special sense of belonging, of solidarity with you, believe in your skills, strong-willed in fighting qualities, as much dedication and commitment. I am sure that each athlete's national team have a burning desire to meet the expectations of coaches and mentors, to give joy to the fans, write your page in the history of world sport. Good luck, new accomplishments and achievements, good health and all the best! ".

After the solemn part of the head of the Russian Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev responded to some questions.

Will there be an opportunity to visit the Veterans Sports Olympic Games in Turin?

- Yesterday Vladimir Putin gave us permission to send 60 Olympic champions to support the team. That is all done in time for support, and we never forget our glorious veterans.

And what about the ordinary fans?

Ordinary fans can not go to the Winter Olympics because the Sports Palace in figure skating, ice hockey can accommodate very few spectators. And tickets are already sold out long ago. 15,000 viewers - is the limit.

Do I need a plan for the gold medal? In general, based on what you, when put forward just such figures?

- I am on figures is not said. And we put forward the general plan, which is based on the results of world championships, European World Cup events in all winter sports. And we found that there are artists (they are somewhere 25-27), who will fight for medals. But what advantages they will - we'll see.

But winning the World Cup luge, bobsled, snowboard a positive signal. But we have confidence in the ski jumping from the springboard. Maybe fly away in the 150 meters and won. We have mindset to a good job, we want to show his best score for each sport.

Maria Pavlikova

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