Jan 29 – RIA Tomsk. Former resident of Tomsk, freestyle skier Ekaterina Stolyarova is in
the list of participants of the Olympic Games which will be held in South
Korea, one of trainers Denis Dolgodvorov told RIA Tomsk. The IOC hasn't
approved speed skater from Seversk Alexandra Kachurkina, the head of the Tomsk
federation of speed skating Andrei Ryzhykh reported.
Again at the Games
Ekaterina Stolyarova was born in 1988 in Moscow in a family of freestyle
trainers. She is a master of sports of international class, a member of the
Russian freestyle national team. Participated in the Olympic Games of 2010 in
Vancouver and in 2014 in Sochi. Graduated the Faculty of Physical Culture of
Tomsk State University (TSU).
According to TASS, the final composition of the Russian team at the Winter
Olympics-2018 included 169 people, among whom the former Tomsk athlete
Ekaterina Stolyarova. Almost all the stars of the Russian sports were left
behind without receiving invitations to the Games.
"Ekaterina entered the list and will compete at the Olympic Games for
Krasnodar Krai. She is now in the Kemerovo region until February, preparing for
the Games as part of the Russian national team", – said Denis
Dolgodvorov, the coach and the cousin of the athlete, specifying that together
with him Ekaterina is trained by her mother Marina Stolyarova.
According to him, the Russian national freestyle team included four athletes – a man and three girls. "I do not know what else the IOC can do in terms of
the list, but they leave a decision behind themselves to adjust it", – Dolgodvorov said.
As, in turn, the chairman of the freestyle federation of the Tomsk region Artem
Valinteyev reported RIA Tomsk, Tomsk freestylers are not represented in the
current Olympic Games.
"The matter is that the age-old freestyle sportsmen have already finished
performing, and the change may appear only for the next Olympiad. Now the
oldest children are 15-16 years old, and we are training them for the sixth
year, but The Olympics have not yet reached", – he said.
Not in the list
As the head of the Tomsk federation of speed skating Andrei Ryzhikh told RIA
Tomsk, the skater from Seversk Alexandra Kachurkina also claimed to participate
in the Olympics, but the IOC did not approve her in the list of participants.
Thus, Tomsk skaters will not be represented at the Olympics either.
"The entire team of skaters were reduced to a minimum. One athlete and
three sportswomen from all of Russia will be there. Kachurkina was not included
in the squad", – said Ryzhikh.
As in turn Tomsk Olympic champion Natalia Baranova reported, it is too early to
draw conclusions. She recommended to wait for the end of January.
"Let's wait for the final list. The Olympic Games will start only on
February 9, now the IOC is working with our Olympic Committee, and maybe new
faces will appear in the lists. Hope dies last, I think there is a chance that
our Alexandra Kachurkina will also go to the Olympics", – she said.