Members of Belarusian Olympic Team Announced

On January 22, the National Olympic Committee of Belarus announced the team for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The team comprises 27 athletes who will compete in five sports, namely biathlon, cross–country skiing, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, and alpine skiing.

It is the smallest Belarus’ Olympic team since the country has become independent. At the Winter Olympics 2014 in Sochi, Belarusian sportsmen represent the country in the fewest number of sports ever. Previously, the smallest number of athletes (28) was at the Olympics in Turin 2006 and the smallest number of sports (6) was in Vancouver 2010.

The grand opening of 2014 Winter Olympic Games will be held on February 7 in Sochi, Russia and the closing ceremony is planned for February 23. Athletes will compete in 98 medal events in seven sports.

According to Alexander Gagiyev, First Deputy Minister of Sports and Tourism, Belarus hopes to win medals in biathlon and freestyle skiing.

Belarus’ women's biathlon team is led by Darya Domracheva,Vancouver 2010 bronze medalist and runner–up in the overall World Cup standings 2013/2014. The men’s team features Sergey Novikov, silver winner of Vancouver 2010 20km individual race.

The men’s freestyle skiing team showcases a star–studded cast, namely Alexei Grishin, Vancouver 2010 champion and Salt Lake City 2002 bronze winner, Dmitry Dashchinsky, Nagano 1998 silver medalist and Turin 2006 bronze medalist, and Anton Kushnir, Big and Small Crystal Globes 2010 winner.

The XXII Olympic Winter Games is the first event when Belarusian male short track speed skaters qualified for Winter Olympics.

The Belarusian Olympic delegation also includes coaches, medical and support staff, journalists and officials.

Source:

National Olympic Committee