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Russia at the Winter Olympic Games

Russian athletes prior to 1992 competed at the Winter Olympic Games as part of the team from the Soviet Union (USSR). In 1992, they competed as part of the Unified Team, and as Russia from then on. In 2014 the Winter Olympics were held in Sochi, Russia.

Russian ice hockey player in 2010 Russian ice hockey player in 2010

The Russian team was banned from the 2018 Winter Olympics, though iIndividual athletes who qualified and who were also able to demonstrate they had complied with the IOC's doping regulations, were allowed to compete under the Olympic flag as "Olympic Athletes from Russia."

Russian athletes have been traditionally strong in a range of sports such as cross-country skiing, figure skating, biathlon and speed skating. The first athlete win a gold medal competing for Russia was Aleksandr Golubev in 1994 in the men's 500m Speed Skating. However, Russians had won many medals as part of the USSR and the unified team. The first was Lyubov Kozyreva winning the women's 10km cross-country skiing at the 1956 Winter Olympics.


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