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Dartagnan
#39 Posted : Thursday, December 13, 2012 4:33:14 PM(UTC)
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“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela 


Putin Pushes Student Sport


Putin Pushes Student Sport


MOSCOW, December 12 (R-Sport) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called Wednesday for a revival of sports clubs in Russian universities and schools as part of a raft of measures aimed at reviving Soviet-era sports structures.


Putin’s remarks came a day after he ordered the Russian Army to bring back dedicated sports unitsto protect talented prospects from the full rigors of conscript service.


At an annual State of the Union-style speech to parliament, Putin called for an increase in compulsory sports at school and university level and said he wanted to involve more young children in sport.


“We need new forms of working, a wide choice of not just sporting but also health activities, especially for young children,” he said.


“It’s exactly at that age that habits and interests are laid down, and we must form them.”


Russia has many specialist sports colleges, the descendants of a Soviet system that produced generations of Olympic medal winners, while students at many standard universities are required to undertake compulsory physical education classes.


“I regard it as necessary to support the idea of creating an association of student sports colleges,” he said in an address to both houses of parliament.


“This organization is designed to promote not only the development of university sports, but to become, in a sense, a social elevator for talented, focused and active youth.”


Putin did not specify what form this organization would take or whether it would organize competitions, but stressed it should be “outside all politics.”


One of Putin's pet projects in his third term as president is to restore the country's sporting might, which was lost with the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991. 


Russia is to host many top-level sports events in the coming years, including next year's world athletics championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2018 football World Cup.

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Russia wins gold at 2012 Biathlon World Cup stage


07.02.2012 биатлон лыжи лыжные гонки



On Thursday, Russia won gold in a mixed relay race at the 2012 Biathlon World Cup’s stage in Ridnau, Italy.




Snatching gold were Anastasia Zagoruiko, Marina Korovina, Alexander Pechenkin and Timofei Lapshin.


Second and third places were taken by Ukraine and France, respectively.


 


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#41 Posted : Friday, December 14, 2012 7:09:57 PM(UTC)
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Russian volleyball players named Team of the Year at Olympic Ball


Максим Михайлов волейбол


The Russian men's national volleyball team has been acknowledged Team of the Year at the Olympic Ball, hosted by Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace. The Russian volleyball team won their first gold medal at the Olympic Games in London.The prize in the category Women's Team of the Year was shared by synchronized swimmers and gymnasts, who also scooped gold medals in London.
Olympic champion in gymnastics Aliya Mustafina was named Sportswoman of the Year.
The Olympic gold medalist in diving Ilya Zakharov was named Athlete of the Year.
Head coach of the Russian national Judo team, Italian Ezio Gamba, who trained three Olympic champions, and Yevgeny Zagorulko, coach of Olympic high jump champion Anna Chicherova were awarded in the nomination Coach of the Year.


 
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#42 Posted : Sunday, December 16, 2012 7:39:04 AM(UTC)
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Russian women Europe’s best in curling


керлинг  Екатерина Галкина Людмила Прививкова Маргарита Фомина чемпионат Европы по керлингу



Russian women have won the European curling championship held in Karlstad, Sweden.




Their final rivals were Scotland, defeated 5-6.


The Karlstad gold is Russia’s second of its kind. Female Russian curling players first bagged European gold in 2006.



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Svetlana Kulakova, World and European kickboxing champion


            


Svetlana Kulakova was born on December 13, 1982 in Sarov, Russia.


She is an International Master of Sports in boxing and kickboxing, World and European champion in kickboxing, World Cup winner.
Svetlana’s debut as professional boxer took place in Germany in May 2007, where she moved, signing a contract with Ulf Shtaynfort’s promotion company SES Boxing. In a year Kulakova returned to Russia.

In november 2012, Svetlana won the European title in her sport at a championship which ended in Ankara, Turkey.
Her defeated final rival was Italy’s Mimma Mandalini.

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#43 Posted : Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:20:39 PM(UTC)
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Russia wins blitz at World Mind Games


Сергей Карякин шахматы



Alexandra Kostenyuk and Sergei Karyakin of Russia have won a blitz tournament which was held as part of the fifth edition of the World Mind Games in Beijing, China.




The chess players participating in the World Mind Games compete in rapid, blitz and blindfold chess events.


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#44 Posted : Saturday, December 22, 2012 4:26:26 PM(UTC)
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Russia Top Sports Power by 2018 - Ministers


Vitaly Mutko


MOSCOW, December 19 (R-Sport) – The glut of sporting events to come to Russia over the next six years will turn the country into the undisputed "leader of world sport," a top minister said Wednesday.


Next year's Summer Universiade in Kazan kicks off a tremendous series of top-class action in Russia, including the 2013 world athletics championships, the 2014 Winter Olympics, the 2016 world hockey championships and the 2018 football World Cup.


"Russia is set to become the absolute leader of the world sport from 2013 through 2018," Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said.


"The close attention of the whole international sports community will be fixed upon Russia. ... Thanks to these potent projects, new jobs will appear, new infrastructure will be created and the investment appeal of the regions will increase."


Mutko said he was satisfied with the results of the Sports Ministry this year that saw Russia finishing fourth in the medal count at the London Olympics behind the United States, China and Great Britain.


"In general, the department carried out work on a high level," Mutko said. "We’ve become more unified, started to understand each other better. We are united in the aims and tasks."


Russia will at least share the limelight until 2016 with Brazil, the host of the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.


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#45 Posted : Friday, December 28, 2012 4:26:26 PM(UTC)
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Figure Skating: Tuktamysheva Clinches National Title


Elizaveta Tuktamysheva


MOSCOW, December 28 (R-Sport) – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva battled through a heavy cold to win Russian national figure skating title in Sochi.


Tuktamysheva, 16, was leading after the short program and performed a near-flawless free skate to accrue 196.57 points for gold.


The 13-year-old starlet Elena Radionova claimed the silver five points adrift, while three-time Russian champion Adelina Sotnikova had to settle for bronze.


Tuktamysheva's participation in the free skate was in doubt right up to the last minute due to illness.


“I decided to skate, because if you start fighting then you should fight till the end,” Tuktamysheva said. “To be honest, I feel bad. Of course, my will played its role.”


Both Tuktamysheva and Sotnikova qualified for the European Championships, while Radionova who is still too young for the tournament will be replaced by Nikol Gosviani, who finished sixth.


Tuktamysheva took the figure skating world by storm on her breakthrough year last season, winning two Grand Prix stages and finishing fourth in the Grand Prix final. She also won the Winter Youth Olympics in January.


The championships at the Iceberg Skating Palace, which is to be used for next winter's Olympic Games, also witnessed the competitive return of Evgeni Plushenko to claim his 10th national title.


In the pairs, Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov marched on through their unbeaten season, while Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviev triumphed in ice dance.


 


 

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#46 Posted : Saturday, December 29, 2012 9:29:28 AM(UTC)
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2012 Recap: Olympic outcome




The 22nd 2012 Summer Olympics in London were the major sports event of the year. This time, Team Russia was ranked fourth, while four years ago it was third in Beijing. Experts have noted progress in the country’s performance after a long-term decline in its medal haul.




In London, Russia did a better job grabbing 82 medals compared to 72 in Beijing.


The UK snatched more golds, but its total medal tally was 17 prizes fewer than Russia had.


Team GB had 7 golds in cycling, 4 in athletics and 3 in equestrian which showed they put a stake at events promising a big haul of medals. The team’s showing was not that great in game sports which promise only a medal or two. Team GB also benefited from hosting the Games.


Russian flag-bearer Maria Sharapova won a silver Olympic medal in London. It was her first participation at the Olympic Games. 


Russia’s men's volleyball team became the first team ever to win the final from two sets down as they stunned Brazil 19-22.


The team’s coach Vladimir Alekno unexpectedly but wisely substituted one player for middle blocker Dmitriy Muserskiy whose great game together with Sergey Tetyukhin’s remarkable serves helped to beat Brazil.


Russia won the third set29-27 and took the following two.


On the whole, the London Games greatly differed for Russia from Atlanta 1996 and Beijing 2008.


Back then, Russian fencers and marksmengot some prizes, while London was a complete failure in these sports.


Things were different for Russian judo wrestlers who left the previous games with not a single gold but snatched three in London.


President Putin was among the first to congratulate gold–grabbing wrestler Tagir Khaibulaev.


“Our coach Ezio Gamba did a great job. President Putin also did a lot for us. He has always followed the team’s performance and I was so pleased that he personally congratulated us after the event”.


Among the nation's medalists were Aliya Mustafina, who took a total of four Olympic medals at a single games, (gold in women’s uneven bars – Russia’s first since Svetlana Khorkina’s win in Sydney 12 years ago), silver in the team all-around, and two bronzes - in individual all-around and women’s floor.


Aliya’s performance was an unexpected surprise for the team as the 2012 World Champion returned to sport after a devastating vault accident and a serious knee injury that would have ended the beginning of a brilliant career.


“I did it and brought gymnastics leadership back to Russia. All of my medals were hard to get and the last bronze was rather unexpected. My goal was to perform well and I did my best in the individual all-around”. 
Russia saw the flow of medals by the end of the Games - some of them were unexpected. Thus, Russian sports officials counted on freestyle wrestlers but they got only one medal, while 5 years ago at the Worlds held in Baku Russians were the best in 6 weight classes out of seven.


In London, Russia snatched 25 gold medals in athletics, canoeing, gymnastics, diving, synchronized swimming, wrestling, boxing and other sports.


The London champions belong to a totally new squad which has nothing to do with the Soviet sports inheritance and this gives grounds for optimism.



 


 

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#47 Posted : Sunday, December 30, 2012 4:50:34 PM(UTC)
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A Rollercoaster 2012 for Russian Sport


Maria Sharapova


MOSCOW, December 30 (R-Sport, James Ellingworth) - A week of failure redeemed by glory in the Olympic Stadium left Russia’s sports fans with shredded nerves at London 2012, in a year that gave the world’s largest country new triumphs and painful reminders of old problems.


Fans everywhere had a rollercoaster ride - in tennis, Maria Sharapova won the French Open as the Russian men’s game hit a new low, and in football, record-breaking Champions League showings for Zenit and CSKA were swiftly followed by ignominious failure at Euro 2012.


Russia moved closer to reviving the Soviet Union’s sporting influence when they host the 2014 Winter Olympics and 2018 football World Cup, but doping scandals and football violence also hit the headlines.


Around the world, London 2012 was the peak of the sporting year, and Russia was no exception.


A slow start left Russia behind Kazakhstan and North Korea in the medals table after the first week, sparking recriminations and firings before the athletics even got under way.


When Russia’s track and field stars got going, however, the picture changed. Their eight gold medals helped to haul Russia past the mark of 23 from Beijing 2008, with high jumpers, race walkers and hurdlers all chipping in. Pole vault legend Yelena Isinbayeva took bronze and swiftly canceled her retirement plans.


Decades of doping scandals always cast a long shadow over Russia’s Olympic efforts, and the 2012 squad generated some negative press of its own. Daria Pishchalnikova won silver in the discus but has since tested positive, as has hammer thrower Kirill Ikonnikov, while track cycling medal contender Victoria Baranova confessed to doping while at the Games.


There was also a tragic coda to Russia’s Olympics when volleyball coach Sergei Ovchinnikov committed suicide weeks after his women’s team missed out on the medals.


In the year’s other major sports event, Russia’s national football team started Euro 2012 brightly with a 4-1 demolition of the Czech Republic, before faltering in a 1-1 draw with hosts Poland and crashing out after a 1-0 loss to Greece in their last group game. The tournament saw the emergence of midfielder Alan Dzagoev as an international star, and he has since been linked with major European clubs.


Euro 2012’s aftermath saw the downfall of team captain Andrei Arshavin, who denied he bore any responsibility for the team’s showing and criticized the fans for harboring lofty expectations. He has been frozen out by new coach Fabio Capello, under whom Russia are now unbeaten in six games.


Domestic football saw a year of thrills and spills, with Zenit St. Petersburg riding high after retaining their domestic title, reaching the Champions League knockout stages and signing striker Hulk for a record €40 million. The big-money spending has failed to bring further success, with Zenit now stuck in third at home and crashing out of the Champions League.


CSKA Moscow lead the Russian title race, but failed to qualify for even the Europa League group stage this season, months after reaching the Champions League knockout stages in a record run. Spartak Moscow returned to Europe’s top competition only to lose five of their six group games.


One team to enjoy an unquestionably positive 2012 were Anzhi Makhachkala, who reaped the rewards of exuberant spending under star coach Guus Hiddink, starting the year as mid-table performers and ending it as true title contenders, second in the 2012-13 winter break.


Even as stars such as Hulk flocked to Russia, football remained riven by scandal. Zenit’s top fan group published a document calling for a ban on black and gay players at the club, and the team’s fans were blamed for injuring an opposition player with a flare in a case that revived fears of crowd trouble at the 2018 World Cup.


In tennis, Sharapova had a strong year, completing the career Grand Slam with her win at Roland Garros in June. She added Olympic silver in London in August, with Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko picking up doubles bronze.


The women’s success could not hide the continuing decline of the men’s game, as Russia finished its second year in a row without a player in the ATP top 20 and crashed out of the top level of the Davis Cup for the first time.


Russian Tennis Federation president Shamil Tarpishchev, who doubles as Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain, added to the gloom when he declared in September that “nobody cares” about tennis in Russia.


The Russia-based KHL hockey league stepped up to challenge the NHL for the first time on home soil, taking advantage of the North American league’s lockout to televise games in the U.S. and Canada and recruit many of the game’s top stars on temporary contracts. The KHL’s Gagarin Cup for 2011-12 went to Dynamo Moscow, but only after a doping scandal engulfed the team’s opponents in the final.


Russia’s national team won the world championship for the third time in five years and look strong for their home Winter Olympics in 2014 after crushing all comers in their home stage of the Euro Hockey Tour this month.


Another contender for Sochi 2014 gold is figure skating star Evgeni Plushenko, who started the year with his seventh European title and ended it with a 10th Russian title, but was otherwise absent from official competition.


December saw figure skating’s Grand Prix finals visit Sochi for the first test event at the Olympic Park, while the mountain venues played host to a string of top-level events.


Next year sees more test events as the resort city gears up to host Russia's first Olympics since the 1980 Moscow Games, while Kazan is to hold the 2013 University Games, offering the promise of a bright future.


Evgeni Plushenko


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#48 Posted : Monday, December 31, 2012 8:55:35 PM(UTC)
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Team Russia 6, Canada West 2


Российский вратарь Илья Брызгалов канадский нападающий Сидни Кросби матч Россия Канада ХXI зимних Олимпийские игры Ванкувер зимняя Олимпиада



The Russian juniors beat Canada West 6:2 in the group stage of the 2012 World Junior A Challenge on Sunday night.




Russia’s Ilya Zinovyev was found to be the best player of the game after he scored two goals.


The Russians will now take on Swedes on January 1st.


The tournament, under way at Drummondville and Victoriaville, Quebec, is due until January 4th. 


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Tour de Ski gold to Russia’s Vylegzhanin


Канада Ванкувер Максим Вылегжанин лыжи



Russia’s Maxim Vylegzhanin has taken gold in the 15-km classical pursuit race at this season’s Tour de Ski, being held in Oberhof, Germany. He clocked 39 minutes and 47.0 seconds.




His compatriot Alexander Legkov came a fraction of a second after him.


The bronze went to Norway’s Petter Northug, a multiple medal winner of Tour de Ski competitions.


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#50 Posted : Tuesday, January 01, 2013 12:24:33 PM(UTC)
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Russian Patriarch calls for sports victories


патриарх кирилл япония патриарх кирилл



The head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill met with Russia’s best athletes on Wednesday.




“A victory in sports is a real feat,” His Holiness said. “Among other components, a victory in sports has a strong spiritual component.”


“Sports victories make Russians proud of their country,” the Patriarch continued. “I call on you to always be a good example for young people. I hope that Russian athletes will show good results in the winter Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.”


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Lance Armstrong


Lance Armstrong may confess to doping - New York Times

Lance Armstrong is considering whether to publicly confess to doping, according to the New York Times.

The paper claims the 41-year-old could admit to the findings of a report by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Usada found Armstrong and his US Postal Service team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban.

Cycling's governing body, the International Cycling Union (UCI), accepted Usada's findings and stripped Armstrong of all results since 1 August, 1998.

The Texan, who did not co-operate with the Usada investigation and has always denied doping, has remained silent since the report although he opted not to appeal against the decision.

However, mention of his seven Tour wins was subsequently removed from his Twitter profile.

It is believed he is considering an admission because he wants to resume his athletic career, and has shown an interest in competing in triathlons.

Asked whether the American was set to come clean, his lawyer, Tim Herman, told the New York Times: "Lance has to speak for himself on that".

The newspaper claimed Armstrong had met with Usada chief executive Ty Tygart - who called for the Texan to tell the truth last month - although Herman denied a meeting had taken place.



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Lance Armstrong


Lance Armstrong may confess to doping - New York Times


Usada found Armstrong and his US Postal Service team had run "the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme that sport has ever seen".

He was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles and given a lifetime ban.


I don't think that Armstrong is the best in this field (the most successful doping program), many other athletes have not been stopped yet so they might have won more trophies than Amstrong. 


André Agassi wrote a book about his own experience. 

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Russia’s Zakharov, Ischenko – the best FINA athletes of 2012


28.06.2012 Наталья Ищенко



Russian diver Ilya Zakharov and synchronized swimmer Natalia Ischenko have been found to be the best athletes of the International Aquatics Federation FINA in 2012.




The voting involved 202 national federations, mass media and experts.


Diver Ilya Zakharov became an Olympic champion in three-metre board diving and also won silver medals in synchronized diving from the same board. Natalia Ischenko won two gold medals in synchronized swimming in the Games-2012, namely in synchronized swimming duets and figure groups. 


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http://thetennistimes.com/no-tennis-on-eurosport-in-2013-outside-the-slams/

NO MORE TENNIS ON EUROSPORT???


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NEXT WEEK THE WHOLE TRUTH...*cough*

Lance Armstrong is sitting down with Oprah Winfrey.

In what’s billed as the controversial athlete’s “first no-holds-barred interview,” Armstrong is expected to address the doping scandal, accusations of cheating, and charges of lying about the use of performance-enhancing drugs throughout his storied cycling career. It will mark Armstrong’s first interview since seven-time Tour de France winner was stripped of his titles and dropped from millions of dollars in endorsement deals after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency released an extensive report accusing the renown cyclist of doping throughout his career.

The interview follows a New York Times report that said Armstrong is considering a doping confession.

The special 90-minute Thursday night episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter will air Thursday, January 17 on Winfrey’s cable network OWN. The interview will also be streamed live on Oprah.com.



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WHAT WILL LANCE REALLY SAY...HAVE MY DOUBTS !!!

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/cycling/2013/01/11/lance-armstrong-oprah-interview/1828311/


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Lance Armstrong Confessed Doping During Oprah Interview: REPORT

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Russian chessman in the lead at Dutch tourney


Сергей Карякин шахматы


Jan 15, 2013 07:41



With 2.5 points gained after three rounds, Russia’s Sergei Karyakin maintains his lead at the 75th international chess tournament being held in Vejk-an-Zee, Holland. 




In the third round on Monday Karyakin outplayed China’s Wan Jao.


There are 14 grand masters taking part in the competition which is slated to run until January 27.



 

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