Pyeongchang 2018, the fifth day: the start of the hockey tournament and a chance in the biathlon

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Russian athletes will be difficult to compete for medals on the fifth day of competitions at the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang. The odds will be in the biathlon and speed skating track, where the Russians are not among the favorites. Important events of the day will be the beginning of the hockey men’s tournament and competitions Curling teams.

Curling, team tournament, women and men

Before Anastasia Bryzgalova and Alexander krushelnitsky won the first Olympic medal in the history of Russian Curling. In a double-mixed doubles, the Russian athletes won in the match for third place. On this optimistic start team tournaments in Curling. 14 February in Pyeongchang kicks off the preliminary round and men and women. Will be used the same scheme with eight participants and four trips to the playoffs. In the men’s tournament, the Russian team is not represented, but in the female for a medal, will compete team Victoria Moiseeva, who outplayed the Russian in qualifying five Anna Sidorova, who performed at the Olympic games in Sochi. In the first round of the Russian Berlingske will play against the UK. The captain of the British team is Yves Marched who participated in the Sochi and Vancouver Olympics.

Hockey group stage men

Wednesday kicks off men’s hockey tournament. The competition involved 12 teams divided into three groups of four teams. The Russian team got into group B together with teams of the USA, Slovakia and Slovenia. The first contenders of Russians will be Slovaks. The NHL this year did not agree to pause in the regular championship so that the players could participate in the Olympics, so the tournament will be less status. No players from the NHL Olympic gold, will compete for a conditional second teams, many of which are composed of players from the KHL. The Russian team is entirely composed of “khlovtsev” the coaching staff involved primarily players of CSKA and SKA – leaders this season in the League. Famous canadian hockey player Chris Chelios calls on the Russian national team the main favourite of the Olympic tournament. Indeed, the application of the Russian team looks more impressive lineups of opponents. Slovaks gathered a team of players acting in the championship of the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The best result the national team of Slovakia at the Olympics is fourth place in 2010 in Vancouver, but the tournament in Sochi, the Slovaks were able to take points from the Russians. Then the group stage match ended with the score 0-0 and the hosts won it in the shootout.

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