Olympics 2018: Yellow-blue is the strongest!


Friday. Pyeongchang-gun. Just Fredrik LINDSTRÖM was the first to cross the finish line. Photo: Reuters

Alas, after the men’s relay interpretation of the famous song spun in the language not because successful performance of Ukrainians. The triumph came outside our “colored brethren” – Swedes…

To be honest, the day before the race hopes for its successful result for Ukraine was not already absolutely no. Even in the most vivid and fantastic dreams, where 7-8 penalties play the Germans, the Norwegians, the French, the Austrians, the Italians…

In any case our biathletes are not saved because of the fog of surprise of the same dreams and painted a noisy sled to the pedestal invariably rushed to the Swedes, Americans, Czechs, or even the Belarusians. Yes, laughter is misplaced, because today our men’s relay race has come to have that Olympic messengers of the Father with three penalties in the liability in the end was higher than the “fighters” of Juraj Sanitra, wind in the amount of only 300 extra meters…

Sure, not one, so to speak, the fan stirred the malevolent hope of optimism after a chic of the starting period performed by Artem Prima – say, now will be incredible and we certainly admire the coaching vision of our foreign specialists, and at the same time and did confound Facebook’s so-called “armchair experts” (which, favorite, we, of course, are not aligned!). Yes, but in reality, at least on the couch, and, though under it, it was impossible to escape from the tears of truth, looking at another suffering two shaped “anchors” of the Ukrainian team – Sergey Semenova and Vladimir Semakov (in relation to the first of them say it with the greatest regret, because to bring yesterday’s team leader to THIS condition at the same time, performances in Pyeongchang – a huge topic for a separate article!), then our Quartet is local to the third position, fell back, alas, on a recent location outside the top ten. Even further penalty Dmitry Pidruchna longer perceived as a matter of course…

In General, do not get tired amazed at the logic really “podawanych thinkers” who tough love to biathlon brought to konopizza “concrete” arguments: see the Norwegians, the Germans and even Martin Fourcade also ran penalty laps! Then they are ready is clearly not better than ours, expensive and untouchable! And, accordingly, we still are the best both coaches and athletes…

It is true that in this relay additional 150 metres had to otpahat aces such as the already mentioned Martin Fourcade, Emil Hegle Svendsen, Simon Schempp, Michal of Krcmar… And, in particular, Benedict Doll, Simon Destie and Julian Eberhard – does 300. But they, and their partners were off from the fight, continuing to perform to the max for the General result. Therefore, it is not surprising that the Norwegians and the Germans in the end still ended up on the podium. Accordingly, because lead and other really “concrete” counter-arguments are absolutely pointless (still do not hear and do not understand, simply because they do not want to), then I want to draw everyone’s attention at the final table medalists biathlon competition. There we find the heroes of the widest geographical representation, including even those for whom the word “Pyeongchang” and “medal” was originally not tied, it would seem, well, just perfectly. However, they have proven their ability to be involved in the proud singing “We were born to make a fairy tale come true…” And only OUR team at THIS Olympics has definitely been in the lead role, just saying “Born to crawl…”

Why did this happen? To whom was entrusted the right to prepare Ukrainian athletes for the Games in 2018? This is a topic we will definitely return in the near future. Just to the overall picture of the current situation in the national biathlon has gained the most clear and understandable to all palette of colors, let’s wait for the results of the Junior world Cup, starting today in Otepaa Estonia. Sure, our emotions, they also will walk very little…

Well, in conclusion, I want to warmly welcome the athletes of Sweden, which, under the guidance of a wise coach Wolfgang Pichler, proved that provided skilled output at the peak for the main start of the season it is really possible to win there and all. Even Martin Fourcade or Laura dahlmeier, in spite of their really awesome biathlon greatness. Moreover, not only at the level of individual artists, such as Sebastian Samuelsson or Hanna öberg, and relay fours. Women’s silver and now gold-men – the figure is obviously fantastic! Sorry just made not under the flag, but also the yellow-blue…

Sergey DATSENKO, Sport-Express in Ukraine

23 Feb. Men. Relay 4×7,5 km. 1. Sweden (Femling, Nelin, Samuelsson, Lindstrom) – 1:15.16,5 (0+7). 2. Norway (Birkeland, T. B, Th.Be Svendsen) – 55,5 (1+12). 3. Germany (Lesser, Doll, Peiffer, Schempp) – 2.07,1 (3+10). 4. Austria (Eberhard, Eder, J. Eberhard, Landertinger) – 2.52,5 (2+11). 5. France (Destie, Jaklin, M. Fourcade, Gehenna) – 3.26,6 (3+12). 6. USA (Bailey, Doherty, Burke, Nordgren) – 3.50,2 (2+14). 7. Czech Republic (Moravec, Slesingr, Soukup, Krcmar) – 4.07,1 (2+13). 8. Belarus (Smolsky, Elenov, Bocharnikov, Capelin) – 4.49,5 (3+12). 9. UKRAINE (prima, Semenov, Semakov, Pidruchny) – 5.00,8 (2+9).

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