"WHO IS NEXT TO PUTIN ? " It was one of the most popular questions during the opening ceremony . No sooner had the cameras show the president 's box , as people started guessing . And next to Vladimir Putin sat bobsledder Irina Skvortsova . This athlete and just a very strong person. Irina gone from professional sport in 2009, after injuries , including multiple fractures , obtained on the bobsleigh track in Germany.