XXII WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES
The XXII Olympic Winter Games concluded with a decisive victory for the Russian team — 13 gold, 11 silver, and 9 bronze medals. This is the best-ever result for the Russian team at the Winter Olympics.
5 of the medals — 2 golds, 1 silver, and 2 bronzes — were won by Russian athletes on Rosa Khutor's courses. Russian athletes won many of these medals for the very first time.
The freestyle skier Alexandr Smyshlyaev started the medal tally on the slopes of Rosa Khutor Extreme Park: on February 11 he won the bronze medal in the moguls event, the first Olympic medal for a Russian mogul skier in 20 years. A week later, Nikolay Olyunin became the silver medalist in snowboard cross, winning the first Olympic medal in the history of Russian men's snowboarding. Nicolay then passed the baton to the snowboarding couple Vic Wild and Alena Zavarzina.
On February 19th, for the first time in the history of Russian sports, the husband-and-wife team of snowboarders simultaneously added gold and bronze medals to Russia's medal tally in the parallel giant slalom. And as the Olympics wrapped up, just before the closing ceremony, Vic Wild became a two-time Olympic champion in Sochi 2014, winning the gold in parallel slalom.
XI PARALYMPIC WINTER GAMES
Of the 80 medals won by the Russian national team in the XI Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, 16 were won on Rosa Khutor's courses.
The Russian Paralympians’ 6 golds, 7 silvers, and 4 bronzes summed up their more than convincing performance on Rosa Khutor’s courses. International-scale sporting events, a category to which the Paralympic Games rightfully belong, always let their stars shine and give rise to legends.
Alexandra Frantseva, who competed in the visually impaired class, is sure to become a symbol of determination and drive to win for millions of people with disabilities all over the world. At the XI Paralympic Winter Games Alexandra won two gold, two silver, and one bronze medals!
Sixteen-year-old Alexey Bugaev achieved the same level of incredible success in the standing alpine skiing events.
Among visually impaired athletes, the leader of Russia's team was Valery Redkozubov, who won two golds and one bronze.
Inga Medvedeva, competing in women's alpine standing events, the class with the most participants, won two silver medals in downhill and slalom.
A third-place finish in slalom in one of the most competitive categories, men's standing, was a huge leap forward for Alexander Alyabyev's sporting career.