The Italian National Olympic Team hopes to show excellent results at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, the winner and winner of the Alpine skiing World Cup, winner of the prestigious world downhill championships, Nadia Fanchini.
Fankini, who will also perform in Sochi, told reporters: “Our team is strong athletes. We will try to do everything possible and impossible in order to achieve the highest results. ”However, Nadia also believes in fortune. “Luck won't hurt us,” says World Cup winner. She has never been to Russia, and has not yet managed to ride on the Olympic tracks in Sochi. Nevertheless, Fankini hopes that these nuances will not stand in her way to victory.
Smiling, the girl shares her thoughts: “Well, for now I’m dreaming of a medal,” says Fankini, implying a gold award. “I hope that I can leave Sochi not empty-handed. I am going to the Olympic Games in order to adequately protect the colors of the flag of my country, the flag of Italy, and to speak worthily on behalf of the nation. We were chosen as the best, so, of course, we would like to achieve the highest performance. "
A few days ago, the Italian Federation of Winter Sports (Federazione italiana sport invernali), together with the National Olympic Committee of the country, made a final decision regarding the composition of the team, which will go to the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.
Italy will send to Russia 113 athleteswho will take part in the fight for the title of the best athletes in the world. The national team includes 69 men and 44 women. In the list of athletes who will represent the country from February 7 to 23, 2014, such famous names as Cristian de Lorenzi (biathlon), Dominik Windisch (biathlon), Lukas Hofer (Lukas Hofer) ( biathlon), Nicole Contier (biathlon) and Carolina Kostner (Carolina Konstner) (figure skating).
According to the National Olympic Committee of the country, this year the average age of athletes who will take part in the most prestigious competitions has increased to 26.06 years on average, while the same indicator in 2010 in Vancouver was 26.86 years.
However, the youngest team in the history of Italy performed at the Salt Lake City Olympics in 2002: then the average age of the athletes was 25.99 years. The oldest member of the national team this year will be Giorgio di Centa (Giorgio di Centa), who recently turned 41, and the youngest athlete - Sandra Robatscher (18).
Recall that Italian athletes, who, incidentally, brought 106 medals to the country's piggy bank in the history of the Olympic Games, have an incentive to strive for victory at the upcoming Olympics: their efforts and victories will be generously rewarded. Back in December last year, the country's government announced the amount of cash payments for athletes who manage to return from Sochi not empty-handed.
So, the winner in his category will be able to get 140 thousand euros, an Italian with a silver medal will replenish his account with 75 thousand euros, and the holder of a bronze medal will replenish his account with 50 thousand euros.
It is worth noting that the country of wine and the sun very generously bestows athletes glorifying Italy. For example, the United States is ready to pay the winner of the Olympics only 20 thousand dollars, Germany - 16 thousand euros, France - 65 thousand euros, but the UK has turned out to be the most “greedy” nation: the Briton who wins the competition will not get a penny.