Universiade — a stepping stone to the Olympics

On the day students, January 25, in Vladivostok held a ceremony of lighting the city bowl of Fire Universiade 2013 — The international student competition, which will be held this summer in Kazan. Initially it was assumed that the fire will bring the Russian sailing ship "Sedov", traveling around the world. However, in the way a ship caught in a storm twice, which is not allowed to bring a torch by sea. To fire came time for the ceremony, sailboat had to go to the South Korean port of Busan and share their valuable cargo aircraft. January 24 flame arrived in Vladivostok flight from Seoul, so that the ceremony took place on time and the start of the relay should be. Fire Universiade was deposited in the Far Eastern Federal University.

January 25 began in Vladivostok Russian stage of the relay. Moving from the East to the West, torchbearers will visit 30 major student centers in Russia. Fire will visit Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Arkhangelsk, Stavropol, Pyatigorsk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Vladimir, Perm, Izhevsk, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Samara, Saratov, Orenburg, Ufa, St. Petersburg, Moscow and other cities and then cross the 43 municipalities of Tatarstan. The relay will end July 6, 2013 in Kazan — the opening day of the XXVII World Summer Universiade.

Many still think that the Universiade — is a student get-together. Meanwhile, it has long been turned into a contest of professional athletes, young age does not stop them from making a career in professional sport. A medal won at the Universiade, though inferior to the prestige of the Olympic, yet its value is undeniable.

For example, the Russian gymnast Evgenia Kanaeva, which has taken gold in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the 2009 Universiade in Belgrade was a competition in which she triumphantly proved his championship status. Athlete won all the gold medals and received the title of "Hero of the Games." In the same 2009 World Cup in Japan Kanaeva won another resounding victory, winning 6 out of 6 possible gold medals. Two years later, in the French city of Montpellier athlete repeated the record, once again becoming the winner of six major awards at the World Cup.

Evgenia Kanaeva at the World Cup finals in 2008

Today, through the Universiade held almost all young athletes. This is one of the important steps not only to the Olympic medals, but also to winning the European Cup and the world. Russian high jumper Anna Chicherova at Summer Universiade in Turkey in 2005, won one of the first gold medals in his career (before there was gold in the Military World Games sport in 2003). Already in 2008, she took the bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics, and in 2012 won gold at the Olympic Games in London.

Gold medalist of the 2012 Olympics in London, Anna Chicherova

Swimmer Evgeny Korotyshkin before to win silver at the Olympics in London, has repeatedly differed on university competitions. In 2005, he finished second at the Universiade.

Silver medalist at the 2012 Olympics in London Evgeny Korotyshkin

Universiade earns the title of rehearsal Olympics. That is why the preparations for it were not only national, but also the federal government: the construction of sports facilities is personally supervising the first deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov.

Subject students Shuvalov, apparently close — in Kazan after the competition, he was going to give at the Universiade Village campus and in Vladivostok followed the construction of hostels for the Far Eastern Federal University on the island of Russian. Perhaps it is no coincidence Shuvalov made sure that it is from the new Vladivostok relay kicked off campus fire Universiade 2013 to Kazan.

Length distance on the new bridge over the Eastern Bosphorus Strait to mainland Vladivostok was 15.5 kilometers. Approximately 10,000 athletes will participate in the Universiade 2013, and to prepare them involved more than 20,000 volunteers.

Games in Kazan will be a great way to mark the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1973 Universiade, which once took place in Moscow. And who knows, maybe our athletes will be able to break the record, which once supplied the Soviet national team.


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