During the 2006 Winter Olympic Games Ukraine counts on successful performance of biathlonists, freestylers and figure skaters, Minister for Family, Youth and Sports Yuri Pavlenko said, Cabinet's press office reported.

In figure skating we hope for success of Olena Hrushyna and Ruslan Honcharov from Odesa. Presently the couple is staying and training in the USA, Yuri Pavlenko said.

The State provided enough funds for carrying out a proper training process and renewing the equipment, which is why we hope to get as many medals as possible , the Family, Youth and Sports Minister said.

Pavlenko also noted that within next days a sitting of the 2006 Olympic Organizing Committee, headed by Prime Minister Yuri Yekhanurov, will be staged.

The Ukrainian Olympic team will consist of 58 athletes.

The 20th Olympic Games will be staged in Turin, Italy on February 10 through 26, 2006. About 2,500 athletes, 650 judges are expected to participate in the Games, which are supposed to draw as many as 1.5 spectators.


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