Russia reckons with end of an era after lackluster Olympics

They no longer rule figure skating. Their vaunted hockey team went down in inglorious defeat. And when all was said and done, Russia’s once-formidable Olympic... More Below... Posted by on Mar 1st, 2010 and filed under 2010 Olympics.

They no longer rule figure skating. Their vaunted hockey team went down in inglorious defeat. And when all was said and done, Russia’s once-formidable Olympic team came home from the Vancouver Games with just three gold medals.

Just four years before the country is slated to host the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, this year’s Olympics have plunged the Russian sports world into a deep funk.

Russia “must drastically change the way our athletes are trained” and that new people must be brought in to do that job, President Dmitry Medvedev said in televised comments Monday.

He added, “Those responsible for the preparations for the Olympics should bear responsibility now as well. This is obvious. I think that those who are responsible, or at least some of them who were responsible for this preparation, should make the courageous decision and tender their resignations. If they don’t show such resolve, we will help them.”

(article and photo source: Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty)