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Israeli ice skating pair advance in Sochi
By ALLON SINAI
11/02/2014
Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich finish in 15th place in short program at Winter Olympics.
 
Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich will be among the 16 skaters to take part in the pairs' free skating on Wednesday after finishing in 15th place out of 20 teams in Tuesday's short program at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Krasnopolski and Davidovich were the fifth pair to perform on Tuesday and recorded a score of 53.38 points, landing all their jumps to the music of the "Fantasy for Violin and Orchestra by Bell".

The 25-year-old Krasnopolski and 16-year-old Davidovich , who are based in Hackensack, New Jersey, only first teamed-up last year and qualified for the Olympics in the Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying event for the 2014 Games held last September, by finishing in 10th place.

The Israelis finished in seventh position overall in last year's European Championships, and after achieving their initial goal of qualifying for the free skating in Sochi, will be competing under far less pressure on Wednesday.

On Thursday, short track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov will aim to advance to the quarterfinals of the 1,000-meter race when be participates in the heats.

The 24-year-old, who moved to Israel from the Ukraine in 1994, missed out on a place in the 1,500m semifinals by 76 hundredths of a second on Monday.

Bykanov, who carried the Israel flag in the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics last Friday, will also participate in the 500m competition next Tuesday.

Also Thursday, Alexei Bychenko will take part in the men's figure skating competition.

Skier Virgile Vandeput will compete in the second week of the Olympics when he participates in the giant slalom (February 19) and slalom (February 22). Vendeput is expected to finish among the top half of skiers in both events.
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