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St. Petersburg at the Sochi2014 Olympics

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St. Petersburg is looking back at its Olympic performance. Athletes from the Northern Capital have managed to win medals of all types. Gold and silver in figure skating, gold in biathlon relay, bronze in skating. And in less than a week, the Paralympics torch relay will come to St. Petersburg.

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By the way, two more residents of St. Petersburg will travel to Sochi this spring. Outcomes and future expectations – in Nikolay Rastvortsev’s report.

Nikolay Rastvortsev, reporter: “Overcoming. Winning. Inspiring” – this is the motto of the Paralympic torch relay. One of the main Olympic symbols will come to St. Petersburg in the first day of spring. 64 torch bearers will carry the torch through the historic center –starting from here, at the Vasilievskiy island. The route will then go through the Dvortsovyi Bridge and the adjoining embankment to the Troitskiy Bridge. The torch will be seen on Petrovskaya and Petrogradskaya embankments. After the Petropavlovskaya fortress it will reach the “Yubileyniy” sports center. That’s where the city’s Paralympic cauldron will be lit. The whole route is 7 kilometers”.

Today the city’s authorities talked about the city’s performance at the finished Olympics. Athletes brought 4 medals to the Northern Capital: gold and silver in figure skating, gold in biathlon relay and bronze in skating. Partially thanks to our residents, team Russia managed to make a dramatic leap – from 10th to 1st in the medal rankings. But the fans are still sad about letting one particular medal slip. 

Vasiliy Kichedzhi, vice-governor of St. Petersburg: “This victory still has one sour aftertaste. I was strongly supporting our ice hockey team. I was dreaming and hoping it would at least make it into the final to compete with the strongest. But this is sport”

Unfortunately, there were losses too – Evgeniy Plushenko withdrew from the competition due to back pains. It was later revealed that one of the screws holding his artificial spinal disc was broken. The athlete says a surgery could happen as early as on the 2nd of May. Another St. Petersburg resident – freestyle skier Mariya Komissarova – broke her spine during a workout. Now she’s treated in Germany. Mariya has passed 3 surgeries already, and another one may still be needed. 

Yuriy Avdeev, chairman of the sports committee of St. Petersburg government: “Both the city and the country will actively help. The Olympic committee is working on it. Together with the federation, they created a special Mariya Komissarova fund to draw money for complicated surgeries”

As for the upcoming Paralympics, St. Petersburg may be represented by two athletes. The final decision on their participation is in doctors’ hands. Right now, these athletes are passing medical checks.  

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