Road to Beijing 2022

Russian sport has its eyes set on the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics which will take place in China between February 4 and 20.

The country will look to compete in every Olympic sport, and has medal hopes in several of them.

Training camps will be utilised across the country to prepare the Russian squad.

As with Tokyo 2020, Russia will make use of its vast geography by holding some camps in its far east.

This will put athletes into a similar time-zone to China - which will reduce challenges caused by travel fatigue and jetlag. 

After the Winter Olympics, the Paralympics will follow between March 4 and 14.


Beijing 2022 sports


Alpine skiing

Russia has so far qualified two women and three men in Alpine skiing for Beijing 2022.

Svetlana Gladysheva is the country's only medallist in the sport - winning super-G silver at Lillehammer 1994.


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Biathlon

Russian biathletes have won 22 medals in the country's Winter Olympic history since Lillehammer 1994 - including nine golds.

It is one of the country's most successful Olympic sports.

The Beijing 2022 qualification period will end on January 16.


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Bobsleigh

Russia has won a silver and a bronze medal in its Winter Olympic bobsleigh history.

Qualification will be based on the 2021-2022 season, up until January 16.


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Cross-country skiing

In cross-country skiing, Russia has so far qualified eight women and eight men for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Cross-country proved to be a fruitful sport for the Olympic Athletes from Russia team at Pyeongchang 2018.

The country won eight medals, with Alexander Bolshunov contributing four after he won three silvers and a bronze.

Russia has won 41 Olympic cross-country medals - 14 gold, 13 silver and 14 bronze - since first appearing at the Winter Olympics in the post-Soviet era at Lillehammer 1994.

Bolshunov won gold at the 2021 Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti in Oberstdorf in Germany, in the 30 kilometres skiathlon.

Alexander Bolshunov is a big Russian hope in cross-country skiing for Beijing 2022 ©Getty Images
Alexander Bolshunov is a big Russian hope in cross-country skiing for Beijing 2022 ©Getty Images


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Curling

Russia has earned quota spaces in both the men's and women's curling tournaments at Beijing 2022.

The women qualified after the rink skipped by Alina Kovaleva finished as runners-up at the 2021 World Women's Curling Championships in Calgary.

At the 2021 World Men's Curling Championships, also in Calgary, the Russian men qualified for the Winter Olympics after the rink skipped by Sergey Glukhov finished fourth.

Russia has never won an Olympic medal in curling.

Alina Kovaleva skipped Russia's women's curling team to a second place finish at the 2021 World Championships ©Getty Images
Alina Kovaleva skipped Russia's women's curling team to a second place finish at the 2021 World Championships ©Getty Images


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Figure skating

Figure skating is Russia's most successful Winter Olympic sport, earning the country a fantastic 16 gold medals, 11 silver and three bronze.

At Pyeongchang 2018, the country won gold and silver in the women's event with Alina Zagitova leading Evgenia Medvedeva.

Silver was also claimed in the team event.

Through the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships in Stockholm, Russia qualified 17 skaters - two men's, three women's, three ice dance duos and three pairs.

Russians won three of the four gold medals available in Sweden's capital.

Anna Shcherbakova won the women's title, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov were crowned as pairs champions and Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov were the ice dance winners.

Anna Shcherbakova won the women's title at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships ©Getty Images
Anna Shcherbakova won the women's title at the 2021 World Figure Skating Championships ©Getty Images


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Freestyle skiing

Russians have so far confirmed 23 quota spots for freestyle skiing at Beijing 2022, across the disciplines of aerials, slopestyle, moguls, halfpipe, big air and ski cross.

The country won two freestyle medals at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, with this success adding to the four freestyle medals previously won by Russia at the Winter Olympics.

At the 2021 Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships, Russian freestyle skiers brought home four gold medals to help the country top the medal table.


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Ice hockey

Russia have qualified both its men's and women's ice hockey teams for Beijing 2022.

The men, who are the defending Olympic champions after winning gold at Pyeongchang 2018, earned their space as they placed second in the International Ice Hockey Federation's (IIHF) 2019 world rankings.

The women's team booked their spot by ending fourth in the IIHF world rankings in 2020.

Gold at Pyeongchang 2018 meant Russia now has a full set of Winter Olympic medals, after previously winning silver and bronze.

Two Russian men's squads are currently being planned for Beijing 2022, as deliberations continue on whether National Hockey League players will be able to take part.

Russia's men have also qualified for the ice hockey competition at the Beijing 2022 Winter Paralympics.

Russia's men are the defending Olympic ice hockey champions ©Getty Images
Russia's men are the defending Olympic ice hockey champions ©Getty Images


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Luge

Russia's luge haul from the Winter Olympic Games stands at three silver medals.

Qualification will cover the 2021-2022 campaign, up until January 10.

At the 2021 World Luge Championships, Russian Roman Repilov was the men's gold medallist.


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Nordic combined

As things stand, Russia has qualified four male athletes for the Nordic combined competitions at Beijing 2022.

The country has won a single bronze medal in the sport in its Winter Olympic history.


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Short Track

Russian athletes have celebrated three golds, one silver and two bronze medals in the country's Winter Olympic history.

One bronze was claimed last time out at Pyeongchang 2018.

Following the completion of the 2021-2022 World Cup season, countries will be informed of their Beijing 2022 quota places on December 13 in 2021.

Russian Roman Repilov won the men's world title at the 2021 World Luge Championships ©Getty Images
Russian Roman Repilov won the men's world title at the 2021 World Luge Championships ©Getty Images


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Skeleton

Skeleton has provided Russia with one gold, one silver and two bronze medals at the Winter Olympics.

As with bobsleigh, qualification will be based on the 2021-2022 season, up until January 16.


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Ski jumping

As things stand, the Russian team has qualified four men and five women for ski jumping at Beijing 2022.

Russia has never won an Olympic medal in the sport.


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Snowboard

Snowboarders from Russia have won five Olympic medals - two golds, two silver and a bronze.

Russians won two gold medals at the 2021 Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships.


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Speed skating

In speed skating, Russians have won three golds, five silver and six bronze medals at Beijing 2022.

The Beijing qualification period runs until January 16.