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Games of the XXX Olympiad -- Team Russia
Dartagnan
#41 Posted : Saturday, June 09, 2012 8:58:54 PM(UTC)
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"Сейчас я полечу в Лондон, буду готовиться к Уимблдону, после него вернусь в Америку на десть дней, потому что я не была дома где-то восемь недель. К Олимпиаде буду готовиться в Лондоне, куда прилечу заранее. Во время Игр я буду жить рядом с Уимблдоном, уже арендовали дом, потому что олимпийская деревня находится очень далеко", - сообщила теннисистка.


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The plans of Maria Sharapova: 


Maria will leave Paris to London for preparing the Wimbledon tournament. After the Wimbledon tournament, she will visit her parents at home. Maria is going to prepare the Olympic games in London on Wimbledon courts. She will live in London near Wimbledon in a house she has already hired because the Olympic Village is very far from the Wimbledon courts. 



"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#43 Posted : Tuesday, June 12, 2012 7:19:53 PM(UTC)
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The dream of Sharapova comes true.  


Sharapova to carry Russian flag at Olympics' opening in London.


 Maria Sharapova is already a Legend in Russian Sport history. 








 



Jun 12, 2012 16:27 Moscow Time





Sharapova to carry Russian flag at Olympics' opening in London






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World N 1 in tennis Maria Sharapova will carry the Russian flag at the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympics in London, Shamil Tarpischev, president of the Russian Tennis Federation said.


“We have fully agreed on it with her after Saturday’s final of the French Open”, he said.


Tennis star Maria Sharapova won the French Open on June 9. The French Open is the only Grand Slam tournament that Sharapova has never won before.


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"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#44 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6:42:30 AM(UTC)
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Anyone read Masha's Facebook post?

She has to keep the news of her being flag bearer on the 'hush hush?'

She does realise most people already know, and she's broadcasted it to over 7.4 million people

Silly girl!
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#45 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2012 9:13:04 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Aussie4 Go to Quoted Post
Anyone read Masha's Facebook post?

She has to keep the news of her being flag bearer on the 'hush hush?'

She does realise most people already know, and she's broadcasted it to over 7.4 million people

Silly girl!


 


She said she knew this from the 3rd round of Roland garros, meaning she knew that 2 weeks now, and for 2 weeks she was told to tell no one yet. That is what she was talking about and how relieved she feels that she can finally share the news with the entire world.


By the way, congratulations Maria!

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That is great news for her ! What a privalige this is, to be chosen out of a group of 500 atlethes.
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#50 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:12:51 AM(UTC)
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That is great news for her ! What a privalige this is, to be chosen out of a group of 500 atlethes.


Yeah, and before one or two detractors say a tennis player shouldn't carry the flag...even a four time slam winner (!).......nadal and djokovic are also flag bearers. Tennis is now part of the games, amateur athletes virtually no longer exists at the olympics. So I say well done Maria.....bonus!!

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Other than Maria, there are few more tennis athelete to carry their country flag which is Nadal for Spain, Djokovic for Serbia and Federer for Switzerland..

Glad the country will be proud with Maria. Please smile more during the special day Maria :P
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#46 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:30:06 PM(UTC)
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Anyone read Masha's Facebook post?

She has to keep the news of her being flag bearer on the 'hush hush?'

She does realise most people already know, and she's broadcasted it to over 7.4 million people

Silly girl!


 


She said she knew this from the 3rd round of Roland garros, meaning she knew that 2 weeks now, and for 2 weeks she was told to tell no one yet. That is what she was talking about and how relieved she feels that she can finally share the news with the entire world.


By the way, congratulations Maria!



 


In my defence, it was 4am, i was slightly intoxicated and had no idea what i was talking about


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#47 Posted : Wednesday, June 13, 2012 4:41:17 PM(UTC)
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Maria Sharapova wanted the carry the flag a long time ago, in 2008. it is not a news. 


But unfortunatly everybody knows now what happened with her:


VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/w...bedded&v=2uA6jXEMFUg 


It was a sad news to know that Sharapova had a shoulder injury

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#48 Posted : Thursday, June 14, 2012 8:47:23 AM(UTC)
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Russia's Olympic team to vie against China, US



 






 



Jun 14, 2012 13:56 Moscow Time





 



Interview with Alexander Zhukov, President of the Russian Olympic Committee 


an important news about Sharapova at the end of the interview




How many different sports is the Russian national team going to compete in, and is it going to compete in any of them for the first time?


As of now, 410 Russian athletes passed the Olympic selection in 30 different sports (out of the total 32), such as canoeing and kayaking, track and field, and gymnastics. Russian Championships that will take place in June and July of this year are crucial for athletes willing to compete in the Olympics.


How many people are in the Russian Olympic Team?


The total number of accredited athletes, coaches and specialists will probably be around 700 people, with 430-440 of them being athletes. The exact number will depend on the results of the last qualifying competitions.


Who do you consider to be your main rival at the London Olympic Games?


In unofficial team standings China and the US will certainly be the main rivals. Our goal, as I said before, is to make it to the top three. I think there will be serious competition with the English, because the home team usually shows good performance.


What kind of difficulties could the Russian team face during the Games? Will the climate and time change affect the athletes’ performance?


No. As opposed to the previous games in Beijing, I don’t think we will have acclimatization problems in London. The climate there is similar to that of Russia and the time difference is only minor. Last time, we had to put our athletes in climatic conditions similar to those of China, but this time many athletes will go to London straight from our home bases. We have great conditions at our training centers in Novogorsk and on Lake Krugloe, so there is no point in going anywhere else.


What does participation in Olympic Games mean to Russia?


The Games are a world event, the most important sports event that actually goes beyond the limits of sport. The whole country is going to watch our performance, everyone is going to be involved, even those who have no serious interest in sports. Participating in the Olympics is an honor for Russians, something to be proud of, something that maintains the dignity of our country.


What would be interesting to learn and what kind of experience at the London Olympics could be useful for the Sochi Games?


Countries that are getting ready to host Olympic Games always use the experience of other nations that have hosted Olympics in the past; it’s common practice. We are actually going to send a large team of Sochi Games organizers to the London Olympics.


Last question. It’s a little off topic but still connected to the Games. Yesterday it became known that Maria Sharapova is going to be the flag bearer at the London Olympics. Why was she chosen for such an honorable role?


The final decision is yet to be made, but I think that Maria deserves to be the flag bearer of our team. Usually, it’s the strongest and most popular athletes that are chosen to be flag bearers. For example it’s already known that the Spanish have chosen Rafael Nadal to carry their flag, and the Swiss picked Roger Federer. Tennis players are some of the most popular athletes in the world and Sharapova is the #1 female tennis player in the world. She just recently won the French Open, so I think she’s quite worthy of being Russia’s flag bearer.



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"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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Vamos Maria. You will be the most beautiful flag bearer in the Olympics.
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#42 Posted : Thursday, June 14, 2012 9:19:50 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: Dartagnan Go to Quoted Post


"Сейчас я полечу в Лондон, буду готовиться к Уимблдону, после него вернусь в Америку на десть дней, потому что я не была дома где-то восемь недель. К Олимпиаде буду готовиться в Лондоне, куда прилечу заранее. Во время Игр я буду жить рядом с Уимблдоном, уже арендовали дом, потому что олимпийская деревня находится очень далеко", - сообщила теннисистка.


http://rus.ruvr.ru/2012_06_09/77660298/


The plans of Maria Sharapova: 


Maria will leave Paris to London for preparing the Wimbledon tournament. After the Wimbledon tournament, she will visit her parents at home. Maria is going to prepare the Olympic games in London on Wimbledon courts. She will live in London near Wimbledon in a house she has already hired because the Olympic Village is very far from the Wimbledon courts



Probably the better choice. Dementieva did not stay with the team in Beijing because she remembered distracftive conditions from an earlier Olympic Village. As it tutned out, the Bejing situation was really okay and the caution unncessary. But it is safe to suppose there is no way London now can invest the money & attention the Chinese gave facilities in '08. Think Masha has made the wise choice there.


I am NOT terribly happy about her coming back to the States at all in July--wish she would just stay in London. You don't know what these basterds over here might try to pull.

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#53 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2012 3:11:31 PM(UTC)
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There was discussion on the Wmbly thread about what Masha will wear this summer. For All-England Club, white, of course.


For the Olympiad, I'm sure she'll wear the team colors as she has at Fed Cup. The red over white is okay...


 


But I'm rather fond of the eagle on the back.


 


 


Maybe the national colors. Here is what her predecessor wears now. What do you think?




"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#54 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2012 4:04:23 PM(UTC)
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I think I prefer her wearing the Russian colors to be honest! That red/white does not seem all that Russian to me and Olympics are all about representing your country! Just my opinion, but i prefer watching her wear something that speaks RUSSIA, with all letters capitalized! :)
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#55 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2012 4:13:57 PM(UTC)
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I think I prefer her wearing the Russian colors to be honest! That red/white does not seem all that Russian to me and Olympics are all about representing your country! Just my opinion, but i prefer watching her wear something that speaks RUSSIA, with all letters capitalized! :)


 


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"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#56 Posted : Friday, June 15, 2012 7:40:04 PM(UTC)
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I think I prefer her wearing the Russian colors to be honest! That red/white does not seem all that Russian to me and Olympics are all about representing your country! Just my opinion, but i prefer watching her wear something that speaks RUSSIA, with all letters capitalized! :)


 


Hear, hear! All Caps, All CyrillicРОССИЯ 



LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES – SPANISH UNIFORM FIASCO


Russia made an uniform for Rafael Nadal. He is going to carry the flag of Spain in this uniform. 


The Spanish Olympic Games committee OK’d the uniform made by the Russian clothing company Bosco, for their Olympic Spanish Athletes.



http://www.londonolympic...-spanish-uniform-fiasco/

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#57 Posted : Saturday, June 16, 2012 5:10:37 AM(UTC)
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I think I prefer her wearing the Russian colors to be honest! That red/white does not seem all that Russian to me and Olympics are all about representing your country! Just my opinion, but i prefer watching her wear something that speaks RUSSIA, with all letters capitalized! :)


 


Hear, hear! All Caps, All CyrillicРОССИЯ 



LONDON OLYMPIC GAMES – SPANISH UNIFORM FIASCO


Russia made an uniform for Rafael Nadal. He is going to carry the flag of Spain in this uniform. 


The Spanish Olympic Games committee OK’d the uniform made by the Russian clothing company Bosco, for their Olympic Spanish Athletes.



http://www.londonolympic...-spanish-uniform-fiasco/



 


euw...  no, Bosco rather failed to capture the Spanish flavor, hunh? Then there are their ballkid outfits--kinda pre-teen-Yankee gangbanger...  Odd, they did so well with the Russian team uniforms. 

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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#58 Posted : Saturday, June 16, 2012 6:20:01 PM(UTC)
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Order Nation Flag bearer Sport. Masha will be number 152. 


1  Greece (GRE) Alexandros Nikolaidis Taekwondo


2  Afghanistan (AFG)


3  Albania (ALB)


4  Algeria (ALG) 


...........................................................................


152  Russian Federation (RUS) Maria Sharapova Tennis


.............................................................................


205  Great Britain (GBR)


http://www.sports.ru/tri...gs/dennytenn/336396.html



 

"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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#59 Posted : Saturday, June 16, 2012 7:46:54 PM(UTC)
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TEAM RUSSIA


They will be in white&red at the olympic games. The Red color, the color of winners. 


For example the russian backetball women team has a new uniform: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q12Z_t6TPZ4 






"I'd love to open a tennis school for children in my hometown of Sochi." said Sharapova Maria.



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Is desided already how many players will attend in London and who, apart from Maria, this will be ?
Expect her to stay in the villa in Wimbledon or will she stay in the Olympic villlage ?
By the way; There is a possibility that Maria will play a match the day after the opening ceremony !!?!?!?!
I think it is a good thing to get away from tennis a bit by flying back home to Manhattan Beach, otherwise too many people will claim her the week before the start.
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