Warming Up to the Olympics: Participation and Expectations
With the 22nd Winter Olympic Games only two and one-half weeks away, Estonia is close to finalizing its list of participating athletes today.
There are currently 23 athletes on the roster, but the cross-country skiing team could yet increase, with the final decision to be made in the next few days. This evening, the skiing coaches council named its athletes, pending final confirmation by the Estonian Olympic Committee.
The head of Estonia's delegation at Sochi, Martti Raju, told ETV that Estonia can send more athletes if bigger nations forgo places. The support team will be eleven strong.
Cross-country skier Jaak Mae, a bronze medalist and veteran of five Olympic games, has made his prediction for Sochi, saying that Estonia has a couple of athletes who aim to finish in the top ten, while a number of others have potential to come in the top 20. He did not name names.
One person who could surprise is figure skater Jelena Glebova, who came seventh at the European Championships over the weekend, her personal best.
Competing in Budapest Hungary, where Estonia won fencing and wrestling World Championships last year, said that she was happy with her short program, but made mistakes in the long program.
Glebova said she will now head to Canada for final practice sessions before performing in Sochi, where she will be watched in person by the head of the Estonian Skating Union, Edgar Savisaar.