Sep 18, 2013, 2:37 PM EDT
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov doubles as the president of Russia’s biathlon union. The billionaire was in Sochi for a biathlon meeting Wednesday, when he outlined his hopes for the Olympics.
“We’re hoping that our biathletes should win two or three gold medals,” Prokhorov said, according to R-Sport. “That minimal result would suit us.”
How realistic is that?
Russia’s gold-medal tallies in biathlon at the Olympics are as follows:
1994 — 3 (out of six events)
1998 — 1 (six events)
2002 — 1 (eight events)
2006 — 2 (10 events)
2010 — 2 (10 events)
One more biathlon event will be added for the 2014 Olympics, a mixed-gender relay.
Russia didn’t win any golds at February’s World Championships in the Czech Republic, only one silver and one bronze. In the 2012-13 World Cup season, it had one overall leader — its men’s relay. Its mixed relay ranked second, and Anton Shipulin was third in the sprint and pursuit standings.
Perhaps the best indicator of Olympic success, though, was the World Cup stop held at the Sochi Olympic course in March. There, the men’s relay won its only gold, while Russian biathletes picked up two more silver medals in six total events.
The Olympic medal predictor Infostrada tapped Russia to win one silver and two bronze medals in biathlon.
Any way you slice it, Russia must improve upon its results from last season to meet Prokhorov’s hope.
Prokhorov, in charge of Russia biathlon since 2008, has said he will step down if Russia wins fewer than two golds in biathlon in Sochi.
“A result that wouldn’t do for me is fewer than two gold medals,” he told R-Sport in February. “If there will be fewer than that, then I’m resigning. It means I’ll have failed.”
Keep in mind the Nets went 24-58 and 22-44 in their first two seasons under Prokhorov.
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