Yesterday, Russian biathletes Anna Bogaliy-Titovets, Olga Medvedtseva, Olga Zaitseva, and Svetlana Sleptsova finished first in the women's 4x6 km relay event to earn Russia its 13th Olympic medal in the 2010 Vancouver Winter Games. The Russian team also won gold at the 2006 Turin Games.
Team Russia, a medal favorite, finished the course in 1 hour 9 minutes 36.3 seconds. The French team earned a silver medal with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes 9.1 seconds, 32.8 seconds behind the winning Russians, while the German team placed third.
Olga Medvedtseva’s quick shooting gave the Russian team a huge, 45-second lead, a lead which Olga Zaitseva had no problem maintaining for the win.
"I was concentrating only on one thing: shooting," Medvedtseva said. "Because a relay comes down to one thing: clean shots."
According to Sleptsova, the team was motivated, in part, by the large number of Russian fans cheering at the event.
"We were overwhelmed," Sleptsova said. "Our spirits soared, and that gave us strength."
Russian athletes typically excel at Biathlon, a sport which combines cross-country skiing and rifle shooting. This year, Russian biathletes have earned 3 medals: 2 gold and 1 silver.