Israel is set to send five athletes to participate in the upcoming Winter
Olympics in Sochi, Russia, two more than it did to the Games in Vancouver four
Figure skaters Alexei Bychenko and the duo of Evgeni
Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich, as well as short-track speed skater
Vladislav Bykanov and skier Virgile Vandeput were all named Monday in the
delegation that will travel to Russia for the Games which begin on February 7,
Bychenko ended this year’s men’s event at the European
Championships in 14th place and booked his place at the Olympics by finishing
the Nebelhorn Trophy, the final qualifying event for the 2014 Games, in fifth
place in September.
Krasnopolski and Davidovich also qualified for the
Olympics in the Nebelhorn Trophy, ending the pairs’ event in 10th
All three figure skaters are based in Hackensack, New Jersey,
where they train.
According to the Olympic Committee of Israel, Bychenko
is expected to finish at least among the top 24 skaters in Sochi, while
Krasnopolski and Davidovich should finish among the top 16.
A place in
the quarterfinals of the 500m, 1000m and 1500m short-track races has been set as
a minimal target for Bykanov, while Vendeput is supposed to finish in the top
half in both slalom and giant slalom events.