Coach Alexei Chistyakov

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PYEONGCHANG /South Korea/, 11 Feb. /Corr. TASS Dmitry Rachitsky/. The women’s team Olympic athletes from Russia (Olympic Athlete from Russia, OAR) hockey wants to get into the medals at the Olympic games in South Korea’s Pyeongchang. TASS said the chief coach of the Russian team Alexey Chistyakov.

The Russian hockey players never won medals in the Olympics. Team Canada has won the last four Games .

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“It’s nice to hear that the head coach of the canadian team noted the strength of the Russian team, but we need to confirm this with their game. Yes, we do have the skilled hockey players, the girls know that I came here for a reason – they want to get into the medals. We have a good atmosphere within the team – fighting and the youngest team in the tournament that wants to prove what it’s worth,” – said the Agency interlocutor.

The first match in the Olympics Chistyakov wards will hold on Sunday against Canada. “During the tournament is a point of change, although with the squad we have already decided – who in what combinations plays. The first two games will be difficult, I think, something podshlifovat. Configured all understand that easy games are not expected, there are no weak teams, it’s the Olympics,” – said Chistyakov.

On Saturday it was announced that team defender Anastasiya Chistyakova was hospitalized due to suspected acute appendicitis and will not perform at the Olympics. In the squad for the tournament, it will be replaced by Ekaterina Likhacheva. “Losing any player is on the team, especially Anastasia was and still is a team player. In life anything can happen, you need to take it for granted,” said the head coach.

At the preliminary stage of the Olympic tournament in group A, the Russians will play with teams USA and Finland.