Russian athletes to watch at 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia

The Canadian Press

Russian athletes to watch at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi:

Alex Ovechkin — The star of the Russian men's hockey team is emotionally invested in its performance.

Anton Shipulin — Biathlete is the reigning world champion in men's pursuit and capable of winning multiple medals for the host country.

Tatiana Volosozhar/Maxim Trankov — Figure skaters continue Russia's dominance in pairs.

Ekaterina Tudegesheva — Snowboarder is a world champion in the new Olympic discipline of parallel slalom and a contender in giant slalom as well.

Viktor Ahn — Won three gold medals in short track for South Korea in 2006, but has switched to the Russian team.

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