Olga Vilukhina’s coach said he would accept a car the biathlete promised him earlier at the Sochi Games, according to Sovetsky Sport. Vladimir Korolkevich added he’s likely to retire.
Vladimir Korolkevich praised Vilukhina’s will and determination to continue with the sport despite her condition. Suffering from overweight after a drug course, she was able to regain shape and come second.
After she stunned her rivals and fans alike with a silver medal in the 7.5km sprint race, Vilukhina confessed she had promised to buy a car for her coach and would certainly deliver. “He’d love a Jaguar,” the biathlete told sports.ru.
She later won another Olympic silver as part of the female team in the 4*6km relay.
These trophies are widely seen as important for the women’s team after a series of doping scandals on the eve of the Sochi Olympics, robbing the team of its leader, Irina Starykh.
Biathlon is very popular in Russia, and a lot of effort went into reviving the glory of the Russian women in this sport.
Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire and the president of the Russian Biathlon Federation, has been under a lot of pressure to lick the team into shape for the 2014 Sochi Games but has been unable to deliver.
A lot of criticism was aimed at German coach Wolfgang Pichler who was hired to offer a new level of training.
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Author: Mikhail Vesely