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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 2:46 am

    Firebird wrote:I've been a bit surprised with the Olympics. 1st I thought Russia would be getting more medals by this stage. And I'm also surprised that Britain got so many. Its definitely a case of target what events u can win and throw a lot of money at it.

    I was born in Britain and have lived in England most of my life. But half of the British medals I dont even count as medals. Rowing and that horse nonsense medals are generally just upper class idiots who hardly have any rivals.
    (Its all about the quality of the horse, not the rider anyway, in showjumping anyway). And to be honest, I cant really identify with the Africans and West Indians competing for Britain either. (which is probably illegal to say on an English forum... Rolling Eyes )

    I'm always pleased to see Mother Russia doing well.I found myself watching the gymnastics in work this wk - the Russian girls are definitely the hottest! Which deserves a number of golds in its own right! thumbsup

    Well Britain was already 4th in Beijing, so it would be normal to achieve 3rd place at home. I think Russia goes bad because it has no appearance in swimming, rowing and cycling, these 3 count for 66 gold medals, about 22% of total gold medals.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:35 am

    11th Gold for Russia

    Russian athlete Natalia Antyukh has won a gold medal in the 400m hurdles covering the distance in 52.70 seconds setting a career record.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 09, 2012 2:37 am

    Russian men’s basketball team knocked Lithuania out of the competition

    Russia’s team continues to semifinals of men’s basketball. With a close score of 83-74 Russia defeated Lithuania’s team and now will face the winner of today’s match between France and Spain.

    Russia entered the elimination rounds as the second best team among remaining teams with just one loss which came against Australia. While team USA continues as the top scoring team. On August 12th at 15:00 PM (GMT) Gold Medal Game will determine the winner of 2012 Olympic Basketball.


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    Post  TR1 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:44 pm

    Turned into a really good olympics for Russia!

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    Post  George1 on Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:51 pm

    Anna Chicherova won an emotional Olympic gold medal in the women's high jump on Saturday, clearing 2.05 meters for victory. Chicherova's fellow Russian Svetlana Shikolina made the same height but had to settle for bronze due to more failures in the competition.

    Mariya Savinova took Olympic gold in the women’s 800 meters final Saturday, edging out South Africa’s Caster Semenya as bronze also went to Russia.

    Yelena Lashmanova won the women's 20km walk Olympic title on Saturday in a new world record of 1hr 25min 02sec. The 19-year-old's late surge saw her pass longtime leader and defending champion Olga Kaniskina of Russia (1hr 25min 09sec) while China's Qieyang Shenjie set an Asian record in taking bronze (1hr 25min 16sec).

    Evgeniya Kanaeva
    successfully defended her Olympic rhythmic gymnastics title on Saturday by winning the individual all-around final at London's Wembley Arena. The three-time world champion finished ahead of compatriot Daria Dmitrieva, with Liubou Charkashnya of Belarus winning the bronze medal.

    Sergey Kirdyapkin won the men's 50 kilometres walk Olympic title here on Saturday.

    Yury Postrigay and Alexander Dyachenko have won gold in the men's 200-metre K-2 at the Olympic canoe sprint regatta on Saturday. In the finals the Russians won in a time of 33.507 seconds.


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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 7:03 am

    Russia’s Olympic performance ‘by no means bad’ - NOC chief

    Head of the National Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov spoke about this in a video link from London on Saturday.

    Team Russia has won medals across the spectrum of the Olympic disciplines, and its medal haul is approaching 70. Beijing brought it 72 medals. This means that London may bring even more. This is what Mr Zhukov had to say:

    "It’s a Russian custom to start slowly and gain speed later. I do hope the competitions to be held on the two closing days of the London Olympics will see more Russian victories. We are fielding a number of promising athletes this weekend. I’m among the most ardent supporters of them."

    Zhukov urged the Russian supporters to enjoy the competitions, rather than simply count medals.

    He praised Russia’s female gymnasts, synchronized swimmers and, most of all, judo wrestlers, who have already won as many as three gold medals.

    NOC President also regretted failures and shortfalls:

    "The fencers, for instance, could have done much, much better, if their remarkable results in the inter-Olympic period are anything to go by. Our weightlifters deserve the highest of praises, and their worse than expected performance in London is the result of bad luck. Some of them suffered injuries, while others failed to qualify for medals due to a negligible amount of extra bodyweight."

    In the overall medal count, Russia is fourth after the hosting country. Zhukov said he believes Britain owes its third place to strong support from the terraces, which in some instances has even influenced refereeing – for example, in boxing matches. Unfortunately, Russian supporters in London were very few and far between. They had been probably scared off by high prices.

    Mr Zhukov thanked the Russian media for their coverage of the Olympics. He also said the NOC would instruct Russian athletes on how to behave with the media.

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_11/Russia-s-Olympic-performance-by-no-means-bad-NOC-chief/

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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:37 pm

    The Russian men's basketball team has won the bronze medal at the London Olympic Games. In the match for the third place, the Russian basketball-players defeated the Argentine team with a score of 81:77. This is the first medal for Russia in men basketball after 1988 Olympics.

    Russia emphatically captured the rhythmic gymnastics gold at the London Olympics on Tuesday, finishing well clear of Belarus, who claimed silver.
    The Russians won with a total score of 57.000 awarded 28.300 for their spectacular final performance with ribbons and hoops.

    Russian boxer Egor Mekhontcev defeats Kazakhstan's Adilbek Niyazymbetov by the narrowest of margins to claim Olympic gold in Men's Light Heavy (81kg).

    and the greatest moment of day for Russia

    Russian men's volleyball team wins gold medal after defeated Brazil in a dramatic match with 3-2 sets.
    Brazil grabbed the first two sets, 25-19, 25-20, before Russia stormed back. In an epic 34-minute third set, Russia came out on top, 29-27. They then captured the third set 25-22, before being able to dispatch Brazil in a 15-9 fifth set for a tiebreaker that sent their opponents packing in just 17 minutes.

    The old Soviet Union was a powerhouse in Olympic volleyball when it first became an Olympic event, but this is the first gold medal for Russia in either men's or women's indoor volleyball........

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    Post  TR1 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:12 pm

    Great showing all in all, slow start indeed Very Happy

    Russia won medals in the most kind of sports btw, of any competitor!


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    Post  Vladimir79 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 8:36 pm

    We did better than Beijing... can't be disappointed with that.


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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 12, 2012 9:29 pm

    Russia’s gold medal count at the London Olympics has climbed to 24, which is one gold medal more than Team Russia scooped in Beijing.

    Russia’s total London haul now consists of 82 medals – 24 gold, 25 silver and 33 bronze.

    So we have:
    1. 9 medals more on overall count
    2. Resurrection of Gymnastics team
    3. The best result ever in athletics (8 gold)
    4. Gold in a team sport after 2000 men's handball win

    We need talents in swimming, cycling and rowing

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    Post  Vladimir79 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 12:04 am

    Just finished watching the replay of Men's Volley Ball Match. Best game I have ever seen! cheers


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    Re: Russia Sports News:

    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:46 pm

    Please tell me why the referee gave the point to Brazil in 1st matchball. The ball is clearly out


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    Post  TR1 on Tue Aug 14, 2012 10:10 pm

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/datablog/2012/aug/13/alternative-olympic-medal-table-winner-russia

    HA!

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    Post  George1 on Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:24 pm

    Two-time pole vault Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva will continue her sport career and prepare for her fifth Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

    She said that she always wanted to end her career at the top of her achievements and to leave undefeated but the bronze medal at the London Olympics deprived her of this opportunity.

    Yelena Isinbayeva won Olympic gold twice, in Athens in 2004 and in Beijing in 2008.

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    Post  George1 on Mon Aug 20, 2012 8:52 am

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    Post  George1 on Wed Aug 22, 2012 9:12 pm

    Russian cyclists snatch medals in NZ

    Russian cyclists have snatched two golds and a bronze on the first day of the UCI Junior Track Cycling Worlds in New Zealand.

    Lidia Pluzhnikova and Daria Shmeleva set a world record in the team sprint stopping the clock at 34, 155 sec.

    Alexander Dubchenko, Vladislav Fedin and Alexander Sharapov took gold in the men’s team event while Alexei Sazanov, Dmitry Strakhov and Aydar Zakarin were the third in the pursuit race.


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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 23, 2012 8:42 am

    Fedorov: I Want CSKA Champion Dynasty

    Legendary NHL forward Sergei Fedorov wants to turn Soviet hockey giant CSKA Moscow into a team capable of winning titles year-in, year-out in the KHL, he said Wednesday.
    Fedorov retired at the end of last season after a career spanning 26 years, three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and 1,248 NHL games.
    He was named CSKA general manager soon after last season ended and the team has since signed a raft of ex-NHL players including Alexander Radulov, Vladimir Zharkov and Janis Sprukts.
    “Ultimately the goal is to become a championship team, not for one year or for two, but for many years to come,” he said on the IIHF website.
    “What we are talking about here is total rebuilding, from scratch.”
    CSKA won 32 Soviet titles, but has not won a championship since the Soviet Union collapsed, although the new owner, Russian state oil and gas company Rosneft, has set a target of returning the team to glory.
    Progress will be gradual and the target is a top-five finish next season after coming 16th last campaign, Fedorov said.
    “I think Rosneft, and also us, expects CSKA to be among the top five teams in the KHL. It will not be easy the first year, but it is our goal.”
    “If we are among the top teams and we reach one or two rounds into the playoffs, it will be a very good result.”
    Rosneft’s oil money has given CSKA greater freedom, but Fedorov wants to keep spending under control, he said.
    “Certainly, our hands are not tied any more,” he said.
    “Although Rosneft financially is a very solid company, we are committed to spending wisely and we are watching every ruble we spend so it goes to the right cause.”
    The former coach of Russia’s junior national team, Valery Bragin, was installed in May as CSKA coach for next season, but Fedorov said he would also seek to impart some values of his own.
    “Off-ice and on-ice discipline,” he said when asked what he would give the team. “Discipline always beats class.”
    Entering its fifth season in the KHL, CSKA has yet to reach the conference finals after four seasons marred by financial instability and on-ice disappointments.

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    Post  George1 on Sun Aug 26, 2012 5:26 pm

    Russian junior cyclists grab gold and bronze in NZ

    Russian cyclists have grabbed a gold and a bronze in the2012 UCI JuniorsTrack Cycling World Championships in Invercargill, New Zealand.

    Daria Shmeleva stooped the clock at the record 34, 753 sec inwomen's 500m heat while Lidia Pluzhnikova came third.

    Earlier, the girls snatched gold and set a new world record in the sprint event.

    Russia is ranked second in the total medal count. Australia tops the chart.

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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:31 am

    Coach of Russian women’s volleyball team found hanged

    Sergei Ovchinnikov, the coach of the Russian women’s volleyball team, was found hanged on Wednesday morning, the Croatian media reports.

    The hotel staff found the body of the 43-year-old coach in his room on the fourth floor.

    The tragedy occurred in the Croatian town of Porec where the women’s volleyball Dynamo club, headed by Ovchinnikov, was holding a training session.

    Ovchinnikov’s family and friends believe that frustrating Olympic performance of the Russian women’s volleyball team who lost their quarterfinal match could be a reason behind his suicide.[i]

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_08_30/Coach-of-Russian-women-s-volleyball-team-found-hanged/

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    Post  George1 on Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:06 am

    Spartak Seal Passage to Champions League Stage

    Ten-man Spartak Moscow progressed to the Champions League group stage on Wednesday after holding on for a dramatic 1-1 draw against Fenerbahce, earning an aggregate 3-2 win in their playoff.

    An early strike by Brazilian striker Ari was cancelled out by a late header from Fenerbahce's Moussa Sow.

    Spartak held on for the last ten minutes with 10 men after Dutch midfielder Demy de Zeeuw was dismissed for a second bookable offense.

    Visiting goalkeeper Andriy Dikan saved Spartak on several occasions in a second half that saw the Russians come under immense pressure from a physical Fenerbahce side egged on by a hostile crowd.

    Spartak join Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg in Friday's group stage draw.

    On a fiery night in Istanbul, Ari opened the scoring after just five minutes, stabbing home an Aiden McGeady cross to round off lightning-fast counterattack from the visitors.

    With Fenerbahce needing three goals to overturn the deficit, the pace of the match turned frantic very early on.

    That played into the hands of Spartak, whose coach Unai Emery made three changes to the side that won the home leg to field a more defensive lineup.

    Further trouble followed for Aykut Kocaman's side when winger Milos Krasic was stretchered off after 14 minutes after pulling up with an apparent hamstring problem.

    Miroslav Stoch came on in his place but the Russians soaked up much of the first-half pressure without fuss, restricting the home side to a few pots shots from distance.

    Stoch scythed a shot over on 22 minutes, with Dirk Kuyt doing the same on 35.

    The Turkish side began to panic on the ball, unable to put together a single meaningful attack, and were further let down by poor discipline as they rushed into over-zealous tackles to concede unnecessary free kicks.

    Defender Egemen Korkmaz came closest for Fenerbahce in first-half stoppage time, powering a header just wide.

    Fenerbahce came out attacking in the second half, as exemplified by left wingback Hasan Ali Kaldırım, whose fierce low drive was parried by Andriy Dikan in the Spartak goal.

    Dikan was at full stretch moments later to tip a rasping left-foot strike by Mehmet Topal onto the crossbar and high into the night sky.

    Spartak gave as good as they got, with Czech defender Marek Suchy showing remarkable poise inside the opponents' area to control a high ball and lash it against the post.

    But the hosts turned the screw and Spartak's defense began to creak.

    Dikan made a double save from Topal and then Stoch, before the impressive Mehmet Topuz clattered the crossbar with a header from a corner.

    When the 35-year-old Ukrainian made an improbably quick-reflex low save, it seemed only a matter of time before the goal would come.

    It did so from the resulting corner, with Senegalese forward Moussa Sow redirecting Topuz' header past Dikan from close range.

    Unai Emery tried to provide his side a fresh outlet by bringing on target man Artem Dzyuba in place of the exhausted Emmanuel Emenike.

    His opposite number Aykut Kocaman's did the same for his midfield, substituting Topuz for Brazilian Cristian Baroni.

    Spartak's task became all the more difficult ten minutes from time de Zeeuw was shown a second yellow card for a foul on Topal and dismissed.

    The Turkish side laid siege to the Spartak goal, with the visitors keeping all nine outfield players inside their own third.

    Dikan came to Spartak's rescue yet again on 85 minutes, diving at the feet of goalscorer Sow to block a close-range effort at the back post.

    The Russians stuck it out through six nail-biting, however, to seal passage into the group stage.

    http://en.rian.ru/sports/20120830/175509080.html

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    Post  George1 on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:11 pm

    http://english.ruvr.ru/2012_09_05/2018-World-Cup-host-cities-to-be-announced-on-September-29/

    2018 World Cup host cities to be announced on September 29

    A list of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will be announced on September 29, the press service for the Russia-2018 Organizing Committee reported on Wednesday.

    A total of 12 cities, including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Sochi, are expected to enter the list.

    Russia won the 2018 World Cup bid in December 2010.

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    Post  Firebird on Wed Sep 19, 2012 12:57 am

    Only the World Cup cities, I wonder how much consideration was given to Vladivostok.
    I suppose some people say that logistically it would be difficult, but I dont really see it.

    It would also mean the 1st WC indisputably held in 2 different continents.(I know its debateable whether Sochi and Yekaterinburg are Europe or Asia.

    The other argument is that it would be good to have Vladivostok as Russia's "window on the East". Just as St Pburg was built as the "window on Europe".

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    Post  George1 on Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:31 pm

    FIFA to Announce 2018 World Cup Host Cities Live

    The choice of host cities for the 2018 World Cup will be announced next week during a live broadcast on Channel One in Russia, the organizing committee said Friday.

    The announcement ceremony will be opened by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, feature FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke as well as variety of Russian athletes, football stars and celebrities.

    The broadcast will start on Saturday, September 29 at 21:20 Moscow time (17:20GMT).

    There are 13 cities bidding to stage World Cup matches, and it is expected that 11 cities and 12 stadiums will make it to the final list.

    Moscow is guaranteed the final at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium, with proposed new arenas for Dynamo and Spartak hoping to share the capital's World Cup fixtures.

    St. Petersburg is likely to be given a semifinal at Zenit's new stadium, which should be completed by 2014.

    Two other dead-certs are Sochi, which will use the Fisht Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games as well as World Cup matches; and Kazan, which will have the infrastructure in place by next year, when it hosts the University Games.

    Last week, Mutko warned the cities of Saransk, Volgograd, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad and Rostov-on-Don had "several problems" that may kill their bid.

    Russia was awarded the World Cup in December 2010, beating a solo bid from England and joint efforts from Spain and Portugal and the Netherlands and Belgium.

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    Post  George1 on Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:42 am

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    Post  Firebird on Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:50 pm

    Would be interesting to see a St P Olympic bid being successful.

    I wonder what the IOC would think. There are some good competitors. But if Russia really wants it, I'd say nothing that can't be beaten.

    I think Paris, LA, Dallas and Toronto would also be good bids.
    Looking at 2028, the rivals look at bit weaker, maybe Moscow can get that if St fails in 2024.

    One think St P 2024 would do is indisputably reestablish it as a world city of the utmost importance. But the question remains, should Moscow bid instead?

    My view is St P 2024,then Moscow bids 2028 if it fails.

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