Beijing secrets of the Nikolaev Olympians

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On the Yellow Sea the catamaran of "Tornado" of the Nikolaev crew of Pavel Kalinchev and Andrey Shafranyuk will lift Xing - a yellow spinaker.

On Tuesday early in the morning one more group of the Ukrainian Olympians landed at the airport of Beijing. Onboard the Boeing-676 which in ten hours overcame distance from Kiev to the capital of Heavenly Empire in four thousand miles, there were our sailing vessels - the helmsman Pavel Kalinchev and shkotovy Andrey Shafranyuk, and also their trainer P. K. Kalinchev. Mood at yachtsmen despite difficult flight, excellent. Their catamaran already in China. On August 6 in seaside Qingdao measurement of vessels - necessary procedure on the eve of similar competitions will begin. And for our fellow countrymen this day actually also start Games-2008 though the first race will take place on August 15. For the highly experienced trainer Pavel Kuzmich Kalinchev - the Olympic race of catamarans of "Tornado" becomes the first and at the same time to the last. After all on the London Olympic regatta of races in this class of yachts any more won't be, and our sailing vessels will change other class of yachts.

P. K. Kalinchev and his pupils carried out the preolympic collecting to water areas of future competitions. And, got there moral support from legendary Valentin Mankin. The triple Olympic champion now prepares for Games of the Italian yachtsmen.

The trainer Kalinchev is careful in forecasts:

- Organizers planned nine races. But depends on weather conditions much, and number of starts can reduce. But the regatta will take place even in case one race is carried out at least. For start in the Yellow Sea there are 15 catamarans. Our children filled the last Olympic vacancy during the World Cup in New Zealand, but it doesn't mean that nikolayevets will act as supernumeraries. There is no such team against which Andrey and Pavel didn't win at least in one race.

- And still we have one small secret, - at the airport younger Kalinchev significantly smiled. Pavel got densely packed cloth from a bag. - Our new sail - a spinaker. At it blue and yellow colors, on it the national symbolics is beaten out.
Good sail - a thing not cheap - three thousand dollars. And, our yachtsmen at own expense bought it, without having waited in time for the promised financial support.But already now it is possible to assume that the Ukrainian sail will be the brightest on all Yellow Sea, and performance of the Nikolaev catamaran of "Tornado" - impressive.

In our small Nikolaev company in that air flight there was also Denis Kostiuk. The extraordinary talent in the fragile fellow was seen by the cycling coach Evgeny Lvovich Stormer tens years ago. Now Denis represents colors of the Donetsk region, but Nikolaev for it the house native.

- I after all from the Watering place, - speak Denis. - In Nikolaev at me mother, the sister, the grandmother. Houses installed the satellite antenna, all Olympic Games will be ill …

Kostiuk will act in staggered start race together with nikolayevets Andrey Grivko who will arrive to Beijing from Italy where prepared for the Olympic Games. Together with it the leader of the national team - галичанин Yaroslav Popovic and one more Nikolaev hope - the cycle racer Tatyana Styazhkina will arrive also.

I will remind that from 254 Ukrainian Olympians - 22 represent the city of Nikolaev, and at five - seven athletes the Nikolaev roots. Not all countries could expose such number of athletes on Games. Here therefore my colleagues - journalists from capital editions are surprised how yours the mayor Chaika and the governor Garkusha could send such number of athletes to Beijing? And what here to answer, it is necessary to love the hometown simply.

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