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Russian Women Win Biathlon Relay at Vancouver Winter Olympics

24. February 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

The Russian women’s biathlon team won gold yesterday in the Women’s 4x6 km relay event, earning Russia its 13th Olympic medal in this year’s games.

Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Olga Medvedtseva, Olga Zaitseva, and Svetlana Sleptsova finished the course in 1 hour 9 minutes 36.3 seconds. The French team earned a silver medal with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes 9.1 seconds, 32.8 seconds behind the winning Russians, while the German team placed third.

Olga Medvedtseva’s quick shooting gave the Russian team a huge, 45-second lead, a lead which Olga Zaitseva had no problem maintaining for the win.

"I was concentrating only on one thing: shooting," Medvedtseva said. "Because a relay comes down to one thing: clean shots."

According to Sleptsova, the team was motivated, in part, by the large number of Russian fans cheering at the event.

"We were overwhelmed," Sleptsova said. "Our spirits soared, and that gave us strength."

In 2006, the Russian women’s biathlon team, which included Zaitseva and Bogaliy-Titovets, also won gold in the women’s relay at the Turin Winter Olympics. To date, Russia has earned a total of 13 medals in the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics: 3 gold, 4 silver, and 6 bronze.

Source: nbcolympics.com