01 Jun 2013
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Alexander Zhukov (PMD 61, 1991) is president of the Russian Olympic Committee, and has optimistic predictions for the home team's success at the Sochi Games.

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With the Winter Olympics just months away, it's not only the athletes who are beginning to feel the pressure to perform well. Alexander Zhukov (PMD 61, 1991) is president of the Russian Olympic Committee, and some would say his optimistic predictions for the home team's success at the Sochi Games have unrealistically heightened expectations—and put himself out on a limb. "For the overall team victory in Sochi," Zhukov declared, "I reckon it will be necessary to win 15 golds, and for this we are going to need 60 to 70 potential medalists on our team. We have such guys" (AFP, February 3, 2013). Hosting the Games, Zhukov asserted, gives Russia a big advantage because its athletes will prepare and train at the venues where they will compete.

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