What are the chances of the Russian team at the Olympics in London
After a few days in the capital of Great Britain opened the 30th Summer Olympic Games. Many athletes from all over the earth will be competing for awards in this prestigious competition. Among them are Russians.
The national team of the USSR, which was the successor of the Russian Federation, was considered the main favorite to win the Olympic team competition. Of course, such a stunning result as at the Moscow Olympics in 1980, when our athletes won 80 gold medals, they have achieved only in the absence of many serious competitors. But the 50 gold medals in Munich, 49 gold medals in Montreal, the more than 55 top awards in Seoul spoke for themselves. However, the collapse of the Soviet Union and there was a period of chaos in the economic and political life of Russia did their job. If at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 Athletes 12 former republics of the Soviet Union to present a united team, by inertia were able to take first place, winning 45 gold medals, then after 4 years at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the Russian national team has achieved only 26 medals the highest standard . In the first place with a huge advantage (44 gold medals) was the US team. The positive trends that began in the late 90s led to the fact that Russians are more successful at the next Olympics. 32 gold in Sydney (2000), seemed to inspire the hope that Russia is now able to seriously compete with the United States. But then came into play rapidly developing China. Already at the Athens Olympics in 2004, the Chinese national team confidently pushed Russia into third place team, winning 32 gold medals (the Russians - only 27). And at the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, the Chinese all become triumphant, received 51 medals the highest standard. The Americans with 36 gold medals came in second, with 23 Russians - third. Alas, there is little chance that at the London Olympics, our athletes will make the miracle again and become leaders. The reality is that the limit of our possibilities - 3rd place in the team. On this result and aim of Russian athletes. The minimum objective - to get 25 gold medals. The problem-maximum - 30.