Pavel Kalinchev and Andrey Shafranyuk - owners of the Olympic licenses in a class of catamarans of "Tornado". The other day they returned from Greece where participated in the European championship.
In Thessaloniki our fellow countrymen took 15-е a place. The Greek crew became the champion, silver prize-winners - French. The majority of participants of the championship come to the Olympic water therefore competitions in Greece can be considered as dress rehearsal of Games in Beijing. And to the European championship Kalinchev and Shafranyuk participated in the World Cup stage in Holland and showed 16-й result.
Last Thursday athletes and the honored trainer of Ukraine Pavel Kuzmich Kalinchev returned to Nikolaev from overseas wanderings, but go on two-week training collecting to China already on July 9. Then a short pobyvka in the homeland, and on August 4 - again a departure to Heavenly Empire. Now on the Olympic Games.
From August 16 to August 26 - the Olympic races in the class "Tornado". They will pass, matter of course, not in overland Beijing, and on the sea for one thousand kilometers from the Chinese capital. In total ten races will take place. However, if the weather gods накуролесит with weather, can be racing days less than ten. The Olympic sailing competitions are considered taken place if one race is carried out at least.
Meanwhile, a catamaran of the Swedish firm "Malstrem" on which Kalinchev and Shafranyuk, already in China will chase at the Olympic Games. On "Malstremakh", by the way, there are for start all fifteen participants of the Olympic regatta in the class "Tornado".
As the trainer Pavel Kalinchev noted, the Olympic license of the Nikolaev crew was "unplanned" for the sports country leaders. Perhaps therefore nikolayevets passed two preolympic collecting. But in a role a sparring - the partner of our crew on the eve of the European championship future champions - Greeks acted. School good. The Olympic Games in Beijing become good school for young, to measures of the age class "Tornado", the Nikolaev crew also. To get there - already great success. But, as experts note, all participants of the Olympic regatta can count on a medal.