The participants of the XVIII Winter Deaflympics have arrived to Khanty-Mansiysk. The first charter flight has brought to Khanty-Mansiysk around 100 athletes from USA, Canada, Finland, Norway, Ukraine, Croatia, and Slovakia.
Despite the long travel to the capital of Ugra, athletes were feeling cheery; they were making photos with volunteers and giving interviews to media.
«Snowboarding is the best way to have fun for me, that’s why I am very happy to be here. Before the Deaflympics I was training a lot. I am participating in half-pipe and slopestyle that’s why I was focusing on snowboarding jumps in my training. As for my competitors, for our team its athletes from USA, Japan, and Russia, of cause, because this will be home Deaflympics for them, they are very motivated to win», – said the snowboarder from Norway Petrine Olgeirsdottir.
The deaf hockey players from USA have said that they will compete for the medals in ice-hockey tournament and admitted that they are happy to come to Khanty-Mansiysk.
«First of all, we will do our best to achieve good results. Before coming here I read some information about Khanty-Mansiysk in internet, saw some pictures. When I have spare time, I will walk around the city, buy some presents and souvenirs for my family and friends…but the best souvenir I’d like to bring home is, of cause, the gold medal!», – said the deaf hockey player Joseph Bingham jr.
It’s worth noting that the team of USA was not only training to get ready for the Games, they also made special equipment dedicated to the XVIII Winter Deaflympics.
It is to be reminded that the Winter Deaflympics will be held from March’28 till April’05 in Khanty-Mansiysk and Magnitogorsk. The competitions will be held in 5 sport disciplines – snowboarding, ice hockey, cross-country skiing, curling and alpine skiing. Athletes from 27 countries will participate in the Games.