The Deaflympic snowboarding team of Russia that is now having its training session in Khanty-Mansiysk has attended the excursion around the capital of the Winter Deaflympics. Athletes have seen the main places of interest in Khanty-Mansiysk and learnt about the history of Ugra land.
The first site of the excursion was the Alexander Filipenko Winter Sport Centre – one of the main places of interest in the capital of Ugra. Snowboarders have walked around the stands of the stadium and the shooting range. Athletes have asked a lot of questions about biathlon and received answers to them.
«I’ve never watched biathlon races on the stadium. OnlyonTV. That’swhyitwasveryinterestingforme. I was sharing my emotions with other athletes – we were so impressed by the size of the targets – they are so small! I realized that I would definitely miss it if I ever tried to shoot! It was also very interesting to see the whole biathlon complex in general, thank you! Of cause, I’d like to see the Biathlon World Cup races on the stadium, however, I don’t think it will be possible because our schedule of getting ready for the Deaflympics is very busy these days», – shares her emotions a national team member Ekaterina Lyusina.
The bus then went to one of the most famous tourist places of Khanty-Mansiysk – the Archaeopark. Big and impressive mammoths made of bronze have made a strong impression upon the athletes. Despite of the cold weather snowboarders have spent more than an hour in the company of these animals taking pictures with them. It is well-known that athletes are superstitious. To get luck every team member including coaching personnel has made a traditional rite – touched the bronze trunk of an animal.
The next site of the excursion was the Museum of Nature and Man. Deaflympic athletes were told about the history of Ugra land and the life of the indigenous peoples of the North. The participants of the excursion were especially impressed by the skeleton of a mammoth exhibited in the museum of Khanty-Mansiysk.
«I liked the museum very much, especially the figures of ancient animals that were living in this region according to the archeologists. As for Khanty-Mansiysk, I liked its small and compact size. I’d say, this is a unique city, – says a snowboarder Roman Khamitsevich. – Besides, I am a fan of biathlon so it was interesting for me to visit the Winter Sport Center. Isawitonlyon TV before».
It is to be noted, that the Deaflympic snowboarding team of Russia is currently having its training session in Khanty-Mansiysk on the track of the alpine-skiing complex “Khvoyny Urman”. The athletes will stay in the capital of Ugra till February’28.