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President Dmitry Medvedev has vowed to make sure Russia’s Olympic team learns a bitter lesson from Vancouver, where it had one of its worst performances in the history of the winter games.
Medvedev said the Olympic Games revealed flaws in the training system which must be addressed before Sochi 2014.
“Taking into consideration all that happened in Vancouver, we have to change our methods of training drastically. We’ve been living on Soviet resources for a long time, but it’s over now. We do make a huge investment in sport, but money’s not everything. Those responsible for preparing Russian athletes for the Olympics have to make a brave decision and resign. And if they don’t, we’ll help them to do it. But the most important thing now is the preparation for the 2014 Olympics,” Medvedev said.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has cancelled his visit to Vancouver to attend the closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics on Sunday evening, CBC News has learned….
No official reason for the cancellation was given, but Olympic protocol does not require the president of the next host country to attend the closing ceremonies.
Instead, it is the mayor of the host city that is expected to receive the Olympic flag at the end of the Games.
But the news follows the defeat of the Russian men’s hockey team 7-3 by Canada on Wednesday night. It was the first time in history the Russians exited the Olympic tournament without playing for a medal.