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16-Year-Old Bugaev Wins Russia's 18th Gold

Published: March 14, 2014 (Issue # 1801)



  • Alexei Bugaev in action.
    Photo: Alexey Fillipov / RIA Novosti

Russian 16-year-old Alexei Bugaev brought Russia its 18th gold medal of the Sochi Paralympics on Thursday, braving a badly worn course to win the mens standing slalom.

Bugaev, from Krasnoyarsk in Siberia, led after the first run and extended his advantage on the second to win in a total time of 1 minute 38.97 seconds, with French silver medalist Vincent Gauthier-Manuel 1.27 seconds off the pace.

Related: Russia Breaks Medal Record at Sochi Paralympics With Cross-Country Golds

"I believed, but I wasn't sure until the end," he told R-Sport. "I've been doing this sport since I was a kid and I just like it crazily." The Paralympics are "something holy for an athlete," he added.

Bugaev completes the full set of Sochi Paralympic medals after winning silver in Saturday's downhill and bronze in the super G on Sunday.

Gauthier-Manuel's silver is the fifth career Paralympic medal for the Frenchman, but gold remains elusive.

Related: Russia Leads Medal Tally

"I am not disappointed. I fought against the Russians. This is not easy here at their home," he said. "Bugaev is amazing, he is very strong when he is supported by the public like that. He impresses me. He reminds me a bit of myself when I was the same age. He arrived here like an outsider and he hid his game well."

The bronze went to Alexander Alyabev of Russia, a further half-second back. All of the top skiers were several seconds slower on their seconds runs as the Rosa Khutor course was eroded by the large number of entrants in the three mens slalom categories being contested Thursday.

Earlier, Russias Valery Redkozubov and his guide Evgeny Geroev won the mens visually impaired slalom ahead of Yon Santacana Maiztegui of Spain and 41-year-old Canadian Chris Williamson.

Later in the day, the sitting category slalom follows.





 


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Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


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Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


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