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Sochi 2014: Speedskating Leader Skobrev Mulls Career Pause
23.02.2014 20:06
Sochi 2014: Speedskating Leader Skobrev Mulls Career Pause
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Russian speedskater Ivan Skobrev told the press he was considering a pause in his career, following a dismal performance at the home Olympics in Sochi.

      The bronze and silver medalist at the 2010 Vancouver Games admitted he was not ready for the home Olympics.

      Considered as a leader before the Games, Skobrev was not able to take the lead in the same way as Viktor An did for the short track team.

      Skobrev apologized for the lack of form and said he might need some breathing space to think over his future plans.

      The men’s team, including rising star Denis Yuskov failed to win any medals while the women’s team grabbed bronze twice.

      First, Olga Graf took third place in the 3,000m individual race and them Team Russia outskated Japan to secure bronze in women’s pursuit race.

      The Russian team featured Olga Graf, Ekaterina Lobysheva, Ekaterina Shikhova and Yulia Skokova.

      With 33 medals, Russia sets a new all-time record of medal haul, beating Soviet achievements.

      The closing ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games is scheduled to start at 20.00 Moscow time.

      Maxim Trankov will bear the Russian national flag at the closing ceremony.

      Together with Tatiana Volosozhar, he won gold in pair skating on February 12.

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Author: Mikhail Vesely

Tags: Sochi Olympic Games 2014 Sochi Games Sochi 2014 Ivan Skobrev  

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