Russia plans to enter the top three teams. Its aim is to win 23-25 gold medals. The team`s favorites are expected to perform at their best. The president of the Russian Olympic Committee Alexander Zhukov comments:
"Of course, we have leaders, all our hopes rest on them. They are the synchronized swim duo of Natalia Ischenko and Svetlana Romashina, who have grabbed nearly all medals in the latest competitions; gymnast Yevgeniya Kanayeva, tennis player Maria Sharapova, pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva."
The Russian female team is worthy of special praise. Female volleyball players are the tallest among all others taking part in the Olympics with the average height being 190 cm. All the rest female volleyball players are no taller than 186 cm. Only three girls have the height of more than 2 meters: Yekaterina Gamova, Yulia Merkulova and Tayyiba Mumtaz Haneef-Park of the U.S.
A few days before the start of the Olympics the FOCUS ONLINE website named Russians the most beautiful athletes at the Olympics. Maria Sharapova is on the list. She is carrying the Russian flag during the Olympic opening ceremony in Stratford tonight.
For the first time since the 1980 Olympics in Moscow Russia will be providing its own coverage of the Games, which will be a kind of a rehearsal before the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. This coverage will first of all meet national interests, says the Director General for the Sports Broadcasting company Vasily Kiknadze…
"The Olympic Broadcasting Services, the host broadcasting organization for the Games of the London Olympiad, airs all competitions. But they do it using the so-called international signal to reach any country. They certainly name the leaders and show landmark events, which do not, however, always meet our interests."
The test signal will be broadcast only during volleyball competitions to find out the best pattern to use during the Sochi Olympics in 2014, when all the events on the agenda will be covered.
Meanwhile, Londoners and tourists are welcome to visit the Russia.Sochi Park in Kensington Gardens, which opened on July 26 to offer an interactive trip all across Russia, during which one can see some Olympic objects in Sochi and take a 4D funicular to reach the mountain peaks. Experts say that the Russia.Sochi Park is the largest Russian project ever presented in Britain.
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