«Barkhatnye sezony» hosts curling athletes from all over Russia
Sochi hosts the Russian Curling Championship among women's teams. Competitions are traditionally held in the Ice Cube Arena. 160 athletes have chosen to stay in the southernmost hotel in Russia «Barkhatnye sezony».
The team representing Krasnodar Krai is also fighting for the victory in the championship. Valeria Malygina from the Krasnodar national team plays as a vice-skip. She replaces the captain in the «house» — a circular zone that is the central point of each party. Valeria loves curling for its tactical elements, the outcome of the game is often determined by the last throw.
It is generally believed that in Russia, women's curling is more developed than men's. Every year the number of participating teams in the Russian championship is growing, and the final stage has to be divided into two baskets. 10 teams fall into Group A and 8 into Group B. The 2016 Russian Curling Championship in Sochi will last until May 24. According to its results, the women's national team of the country will be formed.