The Russian Children’s Choir has gathered at the world-famous Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg to record three songs for the Sochi Olympics, RIA-Novosti news agency reports.
The songs will become the Game’s’ soundtrack, with the ensemble of 1,000 kids from all over Russia also scheduled to participate in the closing ceremony of the event on February 23.
Sochi 2014 organizers have launched a new version of the Olympic website, described as “highly interactive, offering easy access to information about the athletes participating in the Games, sport disciplines, competition schedule and the city of Sochi.”
www.sochi2014.com will become one of the most popular sports sites on the planet this year, with more than 100 million visitors expected to click on it throughout the Olympic Games, the organizers added.|
Tampa Bay coach Jon Cooper believes Lightning and Team Canada player, Steven Stamkos, can return from a broken right shin in time for next month’s Olympics, TSN reports.
If Stamkos can play for Tampa Bay before the Olympics “naturally he's going to be ready,” the coach said, adding that he's certain the hockey star won't hold out to play in Sochi.
At least one medal is expected from Russian short track athletes at the home Olympics in Sochi, the country’s coach, Sebastien Cros, told Sport-Express newspaper.
“It’s hard to say how many medals we’ll win in Sochi,” he said. “The Olympic Games are an unpredictable and a very special competition. I personally set the aim of bringing one medal to Team Russia.”
10 athletes will be representing the host nation in the short track events at the Sochi Games, with three-time Olympic champion, Viktor Ahn, Russia’s No.1 hopeful.
French ice dancers, Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat, will skip the 2014 European championships in order to better prepare for the Olympics, the country’s figure skating federation said.
Previously, the Russian pair of Ekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Soloviev has also announced that they’ll sacrifice be missing the event to be held in Budapest, Hungary on January 13-19 for the Sochi Games.
Russian hockey star Aleksandr Ovechkin says that, despite the pressure, his country’s team will be looking for gold medals at the home Games in Sochi.
“Since I was a little kid and since everyone [on the roster] was a little kid their dream was to play in the Olympic Games,” he told NHL’s official website. “Especially, we have the chance to represent the country in Sochi, it’s unbelievable… I don't think somebody is going to just say their mission is done just to be in the Olympic Games. Our mission is to win the gold medal and play our best hockey.”
The employees of a Canadian hotel have congratulated Steven Stamkos, who is still recovering from a broken knee, on making it to his country’s hockey squad for Sochi 2014.
Russia’s hockey team is “our great hope,” country’s sports minister, Vitaly Mutko said, expressing full support for coach Zinetula Bilyaletdinov’s choice for the home Olympics.
“Zinetula Bilyaletdinov has been watching the players for a long time and tested them in the Euro Hockey Tour matches. The final check was held in Sochi. After that he went overseas, where he talked with the guys from the NHL. So, any player, whose name is on the list, didn’t make it there by accident.”
Canada will be looking for nothing, but its ninth Olympic gold at the Sochi Olympics, team’s general manager, Steve Yzerman, said.
“Our goal is to go to Sochi and come home with a gold medal,” Yzerman stressed. “By no means do we consider this an easy task. That is our goal. That is our hope – as it is for everybody in Canada.”
Canada have also voiced their hockey lineup for the Games as Sydney Crosby and Co prepare to defend their Olympic champions’ title from four years ago:
Goalkeepers: Roberto Luongo (Vancouver Canucks), Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens), Mike Smith (Phoenix Coyotes)
Defenders: Jay Bouwmeester, Alex Pietrangelo (both – St. Louis Blues), Drew Doughty (Los Angeles Kings), Dan Hamhuis (Vancouver Canucks), Duncan Keith (Chicago Blackhawks), P.K. Subban (Montreal Canadiens), Marc-Edouard Vlasic (San Jose Sharks), Shea Weber (Nashville Predators)
Forwards: Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars), Patrice Bergeron (Boston Bruins), Jeff Carter (Los Angeles Kings), Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz (both – Pittsburgh Penguins), Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche), Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry (both – Anaheim Ducks), Patrick Marleau (San Jose Sharks), Rick Nash (New York Rangers), Patrick Sharp, Jonathan Toews (both – Chicago Blackhawks), Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning), John Tavares (New York Islanders)