Ukraine: Bubka Has High Hopes For Ukrainian Olympians

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Olympic Committee chief Sergei Bubka said Wednesday he is hoping for some medals success at the Winter Games in Vancouver.

Ukraine's Olympic Committee chief Sergei Bubka.

Pole vault legend Bubka added that though Ukraine's athletes were traditionally looking much stronger at the summer Games they still have chances to win Olympic medals in winter sports.

"In Lillehammer we won gold and bronze medals, at Nagano we could earn only one silver, while at Salt Lake City we failed to grab any," Bubka said.

"Four years ago in Turin we managed to clinch two bronze medals and I hope we increase our medal count at Vancouver. Looking at the situation impartially I believe we have chances to win at least one medal in biathlon."

Earlier this month Ukrainian biathlete Sergei Sednev won a men's World Cup race at Anterselva, Italy to register his maiden career triumph.

However Bubka refused to name any of his team's specific favourites saying that a medal in any Olympic discipline would be welcome.

"We decided to send 41 athletes to compete in eight events in Vancouver. And we hope that one of them can shine at the Olympics."

The head of Ukraine's delegation at the 2010 Games, Nina Umanets, said skier Valentina Shevchenko was also among medal favourties, adding that Ukraine had also medal hopes in luge and freestyle.

Source: AFP

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