16 january

The Universiade 2017 Will See Champions from Across the World

Almaty (Kazakhstan), January 16, 2017: The Winter Universiade is the largest multidiscipline 11-day sport competitions in which student sportsmen will participate. It is planned that the 28th Worldwide Winter Universiade in Almaty will see some 2,000 athletes competing for 85 sets of medals in the 12 sport disciplines.

The battle for them promises to be very picturesque as the Universiade will feature, among others, many sportsmen from across the world, who won medals in similar competitions, for example, a champion of the Olympic Games 2014 and two-time short track speed skater champion Kim A-lang (South Korea), a participant of the Olympic Games 2014 and two-time jump skiing champion of the Universiade (2013, 2015) Mikhail Maximochkin (Russia), a biathlon champion of the Winter Youth Games 2012 Kim Cheol-yong (South Korea), a free style champion of the Universiade 2015 Nicole Kucerova (Czechia), a silver medal winner of the Asian Games (2011), two-time champion of the world among juniors 2012 (1,500m and 3,000m) and champion of the Universiade 2013 Hwang Hyun-sun (South Korea), a two-time biathlon champion of the stage of the World Cup Baptiste Jouty (France), a jump skiing champion of the world among juniors 2014 and a team medal winner of the world among juniors 2013 Krzysztof Biegun, a two-time alpine skiing champion of FIS Race 2016 Dominik Bialobrzeski (Poland), a short track speed skater champion among juniors 2014 and short track speed skater champion of the Universiade 2015 Chen Guang (China) and many others. It is planned that the Universiade 2017 will see the strongest figure skating team from Russia, with the world's champion and the Europe 2015 champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva being on the team.

Preparation for the domestic Universiade is being done by 175 top-notch Kazakhstani sportsmen among which are the national team's favorites, including Denis Ten (figure skating), Yulia Galysheva (freestyle), Pavel Kolmakov (freestyle), Zhanbota Aldabergenova (freestyle), Roman Krech (speed skating), Stanislav Palkin (speed skating), Aidar Bekzhanov (short track), Abzal Azhgaliyev (short track), Nurbergen Zhumagaziyev (short track), Denis Nikisha (short track) and many others. A five-time figure skating champion of Kazakhstan Denis Ten also has several top awards, including the bronze medal of the winter Olympic Games 2014, the silver medal of the World Figure Skating Championship 2013, the bronze medal of the World Championship 2015 and the like.

As a whole, the Universiade 2017 in Almaty will feature:

- Three champions and one bronze winner of the Youth Olympic Games;

- 11 champions and six prize winners of the world juniors championship;

- Six champions of the Winter Universiades;

- 20 champions and medal winners of the winter starts of FIS and the World Cup Stages.

The champions will give one hundred percent trying to prove once again their superiority in the relevant sports. What is important is that for newcomers to compete with the sportsmen of that calibre will be both a big challenge and a great honour and the eminent sportsmen will be reference points and shining beacons for novice sportsmen of the Universiade. So, the Winter competitions 2017 in Almaty will definitely bring forth new big names to the world sport.

Source: Organazing Committee for the Winter Universiade Almaty 2017 www.almaty2017.com

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