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Russian Woman Biathlete, Olga Zaitseva, Wins Silver Medal in Vancouver Games

22. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Russian biathlete Olga Zaitseva won a silver medal in the Women’s 12.5 km Mass Start yesterday afternoon, finishing 5.5 seconds behind gold medalist Magdalena Neuner of Germany. Though Zaitseva originally had a 7 second lead in the event, she is satisfied with her performance and glad to have received a medal.

“What I wanted was a medal,” Zaitseva said after her win. “I wanted it and I got it.”

Zaitseva’s career began in 1994. The 31-year-old biathlete won a series of medals in the 2005 and 2009 Biathlon World Championships and was also part of the women’s relay team that won gold in the 2006 Turin Olympic Games. Zaitseva will next compete in the women’s 4x6-km relay on February 23rd, an event Russia has high hopes for.

“We believe that we have a good chance in the relay," Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko told RIA Novosti.

So far, the Russian Federation has won a total of eight medals: two gold, three silver, and three bronze. To date, Zaitseva is the only Russian woman to win a medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics.