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One Olympic medal will be a success for Team Ukraine - minister

"We have high hopes and we will support our biathletes."

One Olympic medal will be a success for Team Ukraine - minister
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Ukrainian Minister of Youth and Sports Ihor Zhdanov believes that even one Olympic medal will be a success for Team Ukraine at the upcoming Olympic Games in Pyeongchang.

"I think we have high hopes and we will hold thumbs for our biathletes. We may take some other medals, for example, in freestyle, but even one medal will be a success for our team, objectively speaking," Zhdanov said during an appearance on Espresso TV on Tuesday, 23 January.

He said that Ukraine received 32 licenses for the Olympics.

At the Sochi Olympics in 2014, the Ukrainian team won gold (women, biathlon, relay race) and "bronze" (Vita Semerenko, biathlon, 7.5 km sprint).

Ukrainian team won two bronze medals in Turin in 2006 (Liliya Yefremova, biathlon, 7.5 km sprint, Olena Hrushyna and Ruslan Honcharo, figure skating).

The Olympics in 2002 and 2010 ended without medals for Ukrainians.

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