The Russian national team is finally formed, and an active discussion of the chances of a medal began. The Olympic team includes 223 athletes. So our national team will be in 2014 the most numerous for all time of Russia's participation in the Winter Games.
Compared with Vancouver in 2010, the team was much younger - the average age of the Olympians was 22.5 years, four years ago this figure was 26 years. Young athletes have yet to make a loud statement about themselves, but there are also those in the team who have long won honor and fame. It is about them today we will talk in our top ten, which included Top-10 Russian stars of Sochi Olympics .
- 10. Victor An
- 9. Pavel Datsyuk
- 8. Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov
- 7. Albert Demchenko
- 6. Alexander Zubkov
- 5. Olga Zaitseva
- 4. Evgeni Malkin
- 3. Ilya Kovalchuk
- 2. EugenePlushenko
- 1. Alexander Ovechkin
10. Victor An
Until 2011, the 29-year-old sportsman represented the Republic of Korea. An - master of short track. He is a three-time Olympic champion, five-time world champion, as well as a two-time World Cup winner.
9. Pavel Datsyuk
Most likely, for the 35-year-old hockey player the upcoming Games is the last chance to win Olympic gold. While in the piggy Datsyuk there is a bronze of the 2002 Olympic Games, the Stanley Cup and the title of the champion of Russia.
8. Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov
The current champions of Russia, Europe, and also the world in pair skating have all chances for the Olympic gold of 2014.This year this magnificent pair won the title of the best in Europe for the third time.
7. Albert Demchenko
Demchenko - the most experienced among Russian lugbers. Albert participated 6 times in the Olympic Games, in the 2004-2005 season, the gon won the World Cup in luge. Probably, the Sochi Olympic Games will be the last in the career of the athlete.
6. Alexander Zubkov
This 39-year-old bobsledder is a 4-time European champion, world champion, as well as silver medalist of the 2006 Olympics and winner of the 2010 Olympic bronze. For Zubkov, Sochi-2014 will probably be a beautiful end to his career.
5. Olga Zaitseva
Olga is the most titled among the active biathletes in Russia. Zaitseva has 3 times the title of the world champion and two gold Olympic awards. In the current biathlon team, Olga is the undisputed leader.
4. Evgeni Malkin
Malkin is 28 years old, and he is at the peak of his sports form. Eugene has the title of world champion, he twice played in the Russian team at the Olympic Games. For the Olympics Malkin left the club Pittsburgh Penguins, in which he plays in the NHL.
3. Ilya Kovalchuk
As part of the Russian team, this experienced hockey player took part in 9 world championships and three Olympics. Kovalchuk is famous for the fact that he often uses a stick with an incorrectly bent hook, for which he has the nickname "Captain Hook".
2. Evgeni Plushenko
The choice of Plushenko as a representative of Russia in men's single skating raises a lot of controversy. It is known that Eugene has a serious back injury, which can affect the performance. However, the three-time world champion, seven-time European champion and the winner of three Olympics showed a brilliant result at the control box, which provided him with a place in the team.
1. Alexander Ovechkin
Two-time world champion and participant of two Olympics is today the most recognizable among Russian hockey players. Ovechkin - one of the best scorers in the NHL, in 2008 he was the first hockey player in history, signed a contract worth more than $ 100 million.