Israel’s Olympic team is set to compete, after the Jewish state officially announced the five athletes it will be sending to the Sochi games, which start Friday.
Evgeni Krasnopolski, 25, and Andrea Davidovich, 16
This duo will compete in the skating pairs competition. Krasnopolski is a Ukrainian native who grew up in Israel, and Davidovich hails originally from Vermont. The two mark Israel’s first time competing in any pairs figure skating event.
Alexei Bychenko, 25
Bychenko, who is also of Ukrainian background but grew up in Israel, will compete in men’s figure skating. He finished 10th in the men’s singles event at the European championships in January.
Vladislav Bykanov, 24
Bykanov is another Israeli born in the Ukraine who will be competing on the team. He will participate in the short track speed skating event, after finishing in the top 10 in the European championships in the 500, 1,000, and 1,500 meters events.
Virgile Vandeput, 19
Finally, Vandeput will take part in the alpine skiing competition, in both the giant slalom and the special slalom. His mother is Israeli and he has represented the Jewish state in international competitions for four years now, though he previously competed for his native Belgium.