Russian snowboarder Loginov to be national team’s flagbearer at 2019 Universiade opening

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KRASNOYARSK, February 28. /TASS/. Russia’s two-time world champion in snowboarding Dmitry Loginov will be the flagbearer of the national team at the opening ceremony of the 2019 Winter Universiade, which boosts off this weekend in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk, Russian Students Sport Union (RSSU) President Sergey Seyranov told TASS on Thursday.

Last Friday, the Russian Sports Ministry announced that the national team’s roster for the 2019 Universiade in Krasnoyarsk lists 296 athletes, including Loginov, Sofia Prosvirnova (Europe’s five-time champion in short track speed skating) and Maxim Kovtun (Russia’s four-time figure skating champion).

At the 2019 FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboarding World Championships in the United States earlier this month, 19-year-old Loginov won gold in the parallel giant slalom becoming the youngest rider to win in this discipline. The following day Loginov raced to win in the parallel slalom, bringing Russia its first ever gold of the World Championships in this event.

Loginov has been taking part in international competitions since October 2015. The Russian is a world champion in parallel slalom among juniors (2016) and also a two-time silver medalist in junior world championship in 2017 (in parallel slalom and parallel giant slalom).

The opening ceremony of the 2019 Winter Universiade will be held in two parts. The official opening ceremony has been scheduled for March 2 and will see only participating athletes, as well as representatives of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and official partners of the 2019 Universiade.

The next day, the ceremony will be held again, but it will be performed for fans and spectators without the parade of athletes. The ceremony on March 3 is set to kick off at 2:00 p.m. local time (10:00 a.m. Moscow time) at the Platinum-Arena. Russia’s Olympic Champion in Figure Skating Ilya Averbukh is the director, producer and choreographer of the 2019 Universiade opening ceremonies.

The Russian Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, which has a population of over one million, was elected to host the 2019 Winter Universiade at the session of the FISU Executive Committee in Brussels in 2013. The event is scheduled for March 2-12, 2019.

The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. The name of the international sports event is a combination of two words, which are ‘University’ and ‘Olympiad.’

It is only second to the Olympic Games. The program of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country.

The 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk offers 76 sets of medals in 11 sports competitions, which are Alpine Skiing, Curling, Biathlon, Figure Skating, Cross-Country Skiing, Ice Hockey, Snowboard, Short Track Speed Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Bandy and Ski Orienteering.

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