Today Ukrainians will watch biathlon and freestyle
On February 17 Ukrainian women biathletes will try to get to the podium in the mass-start race, while the “flying skier” Alexander Abramenko will attempt to change the 6th place in World Championship for the Olympics medal.
Four Ukrainian athletes will participate in the women’s biathlon mass-start race. The elite of the world biathlon, top 30 girls on the basis of the Olympics results will get on the track. The list includes sisters Vita and Valya Semerenko, Yuliya Jima and Yelena Pidgrushna. Biathletes will run 12.5 kilometers with four fire ranges. A miss on any fire range will incur a penalty — extra 150-meters lap. The mass start will begin at 17:00. At 8:00, men’s mass-start race kicks off (the race was moved forward from yesterday due to the fog). There are no Ukrainian sportsmen here.
At 15:45, there is a freestyle acrobatics competition. For 25-year-old Ukrainian Alexander Abramenko, Sochi is the third Olympics. A year ago at the World Championships in Oslo, our “flying skier” took 6th place. Today, the athlete will try his best to get the bronze. Another Ukrainian, Mykola Puzderko, also will partake in the competition.
All in all, on February 17 athletes will get 7 gold medals in total. In addition to biathlon and freestyle, champions will be determined in bobsledge races (pairs). After the first day of competition, the leaders are Alexander Zubkov and Alexey Voevoda from Russia. They win 0.32 seconds over the Switzerland team. The judges will also identify the best dance couple in figure skating. So far, the leaders are the US couple, world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Another two sets of medals will be awarded in the men’s snowboard cross and in team tournament in ski jumping.