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Medvedev demands Russian officials resign over worst-ever performance in Vancouver

MOSCOW: President Dmitry Medvedev on Monday called for officials in charge of preparing Russian athletes for the Winter Olympics to resign after the country suffered its worst-ever performance in Vancouver.

"Those in charge of preparation for the Olympics must take responsibility right now. The responsible persons should take the courageous decision and submit their resignation," Medvedev said in televised remarks.

"If they cannot do it we will help them," he added, speaking at a meeting with leaders of the ruling United Russia party.

The Russian squad recorded a deeply disappointing performance in Vancouver, finishing 11th in the Games' medal table and clinching only three gold medals and 15 overall.

Russia's poor showing was a bitter blow to a country used to dominating the Winter Olympics since Soviet times.

Medvedev urged improvements in the training of Olympic athletes ahead of the 2014 Games, which Russia itself will host in its southern Black Sea resort town of Sochi.

In unusually scathing comments, Medvedev slammed the country's sports officials as "fat cats."

"We need to think about how to change the system of preparing athletes. Its main focus needs to be the athlete himself, not the federations, which seem sometimes like fat cats," Medvedev said.

Following the Vancouver Games "we had very negative emotions, but we need to move forward," he added.

In an echo of Medvedev's criticism, Russian parliament speaker Boris Gryzlov called the Vancouver Games a "systemic failure" for Russia, the Interfax news agency reported.

Russia, accustomed to being a winter sports powerhouse, has experienced a humbling decline in its Olympics performances since the collapse of the Soviet Union and its generous financing of athletic training.

The Vancouver Games were particularly painful for Russia because of losses in sports such as figure skating and ice hockey, in which the country has traditionally enjoyed success.

Russia's figure skaters finished without an Olympic gold medal for the first time in 50 years, while Russia's men's ice-hockey were knocked out of medal contention last week in a humiliating 7-3 loss to Canada.

Medvedev's call for resignations came after similar comments last week from Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who hinted at personnel changes to ensure a better performance in Sochi.

"Of course, we expected more," Putin said. "But all the same it's not a reason to lose heart, scatter our heads with ashes and beat ourselves to exhaustion with chains." - AFP

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I guess this was the first time where most of the Russians were clean

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"We need to think about how to change the system of preparing athletes. Its main focus needs to be the athlete himself, not the federations, which seem sometimes like fat cats," Medvedev said.
They are looking at the wrong end of the issue. Pumping more money into Olympic teams will only result into more stealing of state money.
The numbers I'd like to hear:
- number of new school stadiums built
- number of new public swimming pools built
- number of new tennis courts built
- number of new skating rinks built
- number of lighted lanes for rollerblading/jogging/cycling/skiing(in winter) in city parks

For as long as we don't have a progress here, in those number, and for as long as we do not have regress in volumes of alcohol and tobacco consumed, nothing is going to happen with Russian Olympic results

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At least no one was shot or sent to Siberia.
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I guess when the netherlands with a population of 16 mil and 40k km2 ends up AHEAD of Russia in the medal table with it's 140 mil pop and 17mil km2 there must be something wrong

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At least no one was shot or sent to Siberia.
well, you're being sarcastic, but you really hit the nail on the head! will russia never learn? things like these make them look extremely reactionary. i just try to imagine my country - or any other democratic country for that matter - and its president threating the sports officials ...

sotschi will suck. btw/ it was 24ºC there this week.


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At least no one was shot or sent to Siberia.
From time to time, Putin will show that trait people in the west who fear him thought he had.

He just can't help it.
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well, you're being sarcastic, but you really hit the nail on the head! will russia never learn? things like these make them look extremely reactionary. i just try to imagine my country - or any other democratic country for that matter - and its president threating the sports officials ...

sotschi will suck. btw/ it was 24ºC there this week.
In light of this, I am not sure Putin will get too many volunters to head the next organizing commitee.

He seems to be obsessed with appearing to be seen as the strong man
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I agree with Medvedev especially in figure skating where there preformance was awful. Rodnina also spoke out against the figure skating officials.
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Russian sport has been declining massively since the start of the century on the whole. I don't think they can stop the rot over just a four year period.

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There is no children/youth sport exists in the country anymore. There used to be tons of local/regional/national tournaments in most of sports especially traditional ones, but now nothing is left. How are they going to improve the situation by Sochi - who the hell knows?

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One thing that you can't but notice. A massive failure of Russian women. In every preious Olympics Russian women won more medals than Russian men. In Vancouver Russian women won .. just 4 medals. In fact, the men had the results well within their normal. Russian worst-ever performance is pretty much equal to horrible results of Russian ladies.. Not sure what to make of it though.

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well, you're being sarcastic, but you really hit the nail on the head! will russia never learn? things like these make them look extremely reactionary. i just try to imagine my country - or any other democratic country for that matter - and its president threating the sports officials ...

sotschi will suck. btw/ it was 24ºC there this week.
I don't see how asking for a resignation is a big issue. I wish some of our sports officials resigned and I think the government has every right to demand the resignation. Its not like a private company they are interfering in.

Sochi is great because it will be lovely and warm and there will be skiing, hit the beach and then up to the snow

It shouldn't be difficult for Russia to turn around their preformance. Remember Great Britian in Atlanta. They did worse than Ireland. Now they are up in the Top 5 in Summer Games medals from Beijing.

Russians never do that amazingly in the North American Olympics, compare Salt Lake City to Torino. Athens was also a lot more successful than Atlanta for them.
They just prefer being in Europe.
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