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What kind of Olympics is expected from Russia in Athens?

Very successful? Okay? Dissapointing? I've lost track as to what's expected for Russia in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. Russia is usually near the top of the medal standings in both the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics. Does Russia still have excellent gymnasts and very good women's and men's gymnastics teams? I was reading today how the American women's gymnastic team is now the best team in the world and that caught me by surprise.

And what's expected of Russia in Olympic track and field? Is Irina Privolova still competting? I have a feeling this will only be an okay Olympics for Russia. Your feedback would be appreciated.

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I don't really have a clue regarding any other sport than tennis in the Olympics. But I heard that the Olypic hard courts are a bit slow.

In terms of tennis, I think Russia can gain two medals, maybe three (including doubles).

I would not be surprised to see two Russians fighting it out for the gold and silver medal. It would be perfect
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There is a Russian pole vaulter named Yelena Isinbayeva who is kicking major ass at the moment. She set two world records within the space of a week (4.89m, then 4.90m) in late July/early August. I think she has a good shot at gold.

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YELENA ISANBAYEVA - POLE VAULT

SOME people thrive on competition, some people crumble. Yelena Isinbayeva definitely falls into the former category. In one of the most fiercely contested field events in world athletics this year, the Russian has been setting new heights. And then some more.

The 22-year-old recently broke the women’s world pole vault record three times in five weeks, clearing 4.90m to better her previous best of 4.89m and reinforce her presence at the top of the rankings. It is a height she claims to regularly clear in training and there is no reason to believe otherwise.

It was the former gymnast’s seventh world record in total, it also gave her the upper hand in her ongoing battle with countrywoman Svetlana Feofanova, who has set ten world records over the past two years. In pushing each other to the limits, they have edged away from reigning Olympic champion, the once indomitable Stacy Dragila, of the United States.

As well as picking up $70,000 for her latest improvement, Isinbayeva has underlined her status by progressing through competitions without missing a vault and the current World Indoor Champion has now been installed as favourite for Athens.

Even Sergey Bubka, the Ukrainian who retired after 35 world records, has given the Volgograd athlete a glowing testimonial and been offering advice. "He has spoken to me and he says I can jump much higher, that technically I am the best vaulter in the world."

A willing student and a talented athlete, it seems the only way is up, and up, and up.

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Hope Anastasia wins a medal


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Sveta Khorkina will win a medal for sure.
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Is Svetlana Khorkina still performing? And what about Alina Kabaeva the rythmic gymastics star?

Thanks for the article, GL.

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Svetlana will be there again

Yelena Isinbayeva will take gold i hope, it should be a 1-2 for sure, even a clean sweep

Lebedeva is going for the double...... long jump as well as Triple Jump, she's got best mark this yr in both.
High Jump could be good too but no Marina Kuptsova still we got world leader in Yelena Slesarenko

Irina Privalova aborted her comeback last week in Russian Champs for the games.
She qualified for finals of 100m but pulled out.

should be a good game

Swimming, Gymnastics and Athletics are undoubtedly the top 3 attractions
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Eggy, you didn't mention any male Russian athletes. Are female Russian athletes carrying the Olympic load in Athens?

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Alexander Popov , is he still competing at Athens, this is supposed to be his swansong competition right?

Alexi Nemov, I would not expect him to win gold this time...

My favourite events to watch will be gymnastics, Athletics and tennis.

In women's tennis, we can maybe expect at least 2 medals out of three to be won by Russian..

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Eggy, you didn't mention any male Russian athletes. Are female Russian athletes carrying the Olympic load in Athens?
our female athletes are alot stronger in depth than the males in track & field
Yuriy Borzakowskiy is the man in track
maybe Rybakov can win a medal in high jump

Makarov should be amongst favs in javelin but he has up/down events.
pole vault..... ??? its open cos there isnt anyone remotely in the class of a few yrs ago of Bubka and to a lesser degree Maksim Tarassov.
we'll get some more in the throws as well.

Gymnastics..... i dont watch much apart from the Olympics cos its hardly on.

Swimming...... could snatch a few medals, again i dont watch as much.

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And who would the 2 out of 3 Athens medalists in women's tennis be, bubble? Anastasia Myskina and...

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And who would the 2 out of 3 Athens medalists in women's tennis be, bubble? Anastasia Myskina and...
Cat, I would prefer in this order..

Gold - Elena Dementieva
Silver - Anastasia Myskina...

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That would be nice bubble. But 4 years ago when Elena won a silver medal in Sydney she didn't have a major serving problem like she does now. And I don't know how Elena can overcome her serving woes to win a medal let alone a gold. But the field will be fairly weak and I expect withdrawls to weaken the draw some more. So there is hope for Elena.

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the cat, that serve still got her to the RG final and 3 titles last year. Its not the best, but it can be effective. And it mainly depends on Elena's mental strength. This is what she has geared her whole year around. And with a strong support team for the Olympic squad, I'm sure Elena can do exceptionally well.
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