15 March 2012 Last updated at 11:26

World Olympic Dreams: The Russians are coming

The USSR traditionally dominated the Olympic medal table but since the break up of the Soviet Union, many feel that Russian sport has lost its way.

At the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Russia won just three gold medals. But things are changing.

Matthew Pinsent meets Russia's current crop of Olympic hopefuls and visits Sochi - the summer resort which is being transformed for the 2014 winter Olympics.