Russia’s medal hopes are high in several sports at the Winter Olympics. Alpine skiing is likely not near the top of that list.
A Russian Alpine skier has not placed in the top 10 of an Olympic event since 1998. Nobody has won a medal since Svetlana Gladysheva‘s silver in the super-G in 1994.
Gladysheva is now the head of Russia’s Alpine skiing federation. She was asked about Russia’s medal hopes in Alpine but wouldn’t give any specific goals.
“I don’t make plans of any kind,” she told R-Sport.
“I really believe in our athletes and I think we respect each other. We are aiming for the medals we have targeted. Of course, I’d love our federation to have some gold from the Games, but I don’t know who this will be or in which discipline.”
Russia’s best finish at the World Championships in February was a 21st.
“I have my medal plan in my heart,” Gladysheva said, “but I won’t reveal it.”