In Sochi, sent a team of 20 members, the most representative in the history of the Winter Olympics.
Suitcases almost collected. Our athletes are taking with them four years of hard training, hard work and unpleasant moments that are instantly forgotten as soon as the Spanish national team, consisting of 20 athletes will land in Sochi, the capital of Winter Olympic Games 2014. This is almost the largest team in the history of the Games and, without doubt, the most prepared and strongest of those that have been in recent years, said Eduardo Roldan (Eduardo Roldán), president of the Federation of winter sports. At the ceremony were present Paul de la Cuesta (skiing), Keralt Castellet (snowboard) and Victoria Padian (biathlon). “Our Olympians have a unique opportunity to prove that these sports are not something exotic, as many still believe.”
“Before you is the important task to contribute to the development of sports in our country. You will be competing with the envoys of the countries that have more experience in this area, but I am sure that thanks to your efforts, future generations of athletes achieve the best results. You pin all our hopes “- said Miguel Cardenal (Miguel Cardenal), President of the Supreme Council for Sports. He did not talk about the medals that are won is always very difficult, and admonished the team words of gratitude on behalf of the whole country for their hard work.
Roldan also did not talk about the awards, stressing that they acquired Olympic experience will create the necessary framework to ski with amateur level shifted to a professional, especially in a country landscape where you can practice all types of skiing. “They will not be easy, but they argue that Spain may well declare themselves in winter sports.” Many still have to go abroad to hone their skills, for example, a skater Javier Fernandez (Javier Fernández) or snowboarder Keralt Castellet (Queralt Castellet). Still wanting to go skiing is becoming more and they have not just take it as entertainment. In this connection, opens new ski resorts. For fifteen representatives of winter sports (in general there should have been 16, but not endorsed the candidacy Federation Ruben Verhesa as not meeting the criteria for two days prior to the approval of the list) added five Olympians engaged in ice sports. They also expanded their presence. “In Spain, only 13 ice fields, so it’s a miracle that the Federation sends five athletes to the Olympics. In Vancouver, there were only three, “- said Maria Teresa Samaranch (María Teresa Samaranch), president of the Federation of ice sports.
Realists, but dreamers
Athletes themselves believe that unequal competition conditions, but still expect to win. “This is my fourth game, and I am now among the world’s best athletes. So it could well win a medal “, – assured me Carolina Ruiz (Carolina Ruiz). Javier Fernandez (Javier Fernández) a few days ago said that he intends to show a higher result in Sochi after the gold medals obtained at the European Championships in Budapest. Keralt Castellet, which is only due to injury was unable to participate in the finals of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, also fulfills the technique of sliding and intends to fight for medals.
Moreover, all believe that they still have much to do. They strive for the highest achievements, sparing no effort, but they need the help and support of the spectators, coaches and sports organizations. “In regard to the ice sports, we are a backward country,” – admitted Ander Mirambell (Ander Mirambell) in an interview with ABC. The Spanish team is hoping that they will be able to Sochi to show the best of their capabilities and continue to fight for their country has achieved the highest scores in the winter sports.