Get Ready for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

BY ANTRANIG DEREYAN

Ani Serebrakian’s two slalom events are considered safe by skiing standards as they require technical skill in negotiating around the gates with proper form and efficiency rather than a healthy dose of courage.

The clock has been running ever since the end of the 2006 Olympics in Torino, Italy, but the time is finally here.

On Feb. 12, the world’s athletes arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

Many nations, mostly those with cold climates, are participating, but even nations with warmer weather are present to do their collective best and show their skills. Jamaica, Brazil, Uzbekistan, Ghana, and even Lebanon are sending athletes to compete in numerous events.

The Republic of Armenia is also a part of this once-every-four-years spectacular event, with four athletes competing in alpine skiing and cross-country skiing in three different disciplines: sprit, slalom, and giant slalom.

And the athletes’ goals are the same as any other nation’s: make their country proud, show the world the power of their nation, and win some medals in the process.

Armenian has experience from 2006, but will look to gain more in 2010.

Kristine Khachatryan, 20, from Gyumri, will be competing in the cross-country/sprit and 10 km. events.

Ani Matilda Serebrakian, 20, holds residency in Novato, Calif., but is an Armenian national. She will be competing in the alpine skiing/slalom and giant slalom events.

Arsen Nersisyan, 22, the most experienced of the four, is from Tsaghkadzor and will be in the alpine skiing/slalom and giant slalom events.

Sergey Mikayelyan, 17, the youngest of the group, is from Ashotsk and will be competing in the cross-country/sprit and 15 km. events.

These four, who finished their qualifications on Jan. 25, won the right to represent Armenia and will do so with the backing of not just Armenia, but the world-wide Armenian community.

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