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Russian Women Ready for Their First 2010 Olympic Event

9. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

The 2010 Winter Olympics begin in Vancouver on Friday, February 12th and one of the first scheduled events is the women’s biathlon – 7.5 km Sprint. Taking place on Saturday, February 13th at 1:00 p.m. PST, the sprint is the first Olympic event in which Russian women will compete.

Russian athletes typically excel at Biathlon, a sport which combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. Russian women biathletes took home two gold medals and one bronze in the 2006 Games.

Doping scandals have plagued Russian biathletes in recent years, but Russia insists it has done everything it can to keep athletes clean for the 2010 Winter Games. Last year, three Russian biathletes were banned from competing after failing drugs tests and in 2006 Olympic officials stripped Olga Medvedtseva, then known as Olga Pyleva, of a silver medal after she tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs.

Other women’s biathlon events include the 10 km Pursuit, the 15 km Individual, the 12.5 km Mass Start, and the 4x6 km Relay. Click to view a full schedule of the Olympic biathlon events.