Russian team blessed ahead of Vancouver Olympics
The farewell ceremony for the 175-strong team of athletes has been held at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
The service was conducted by Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
The list of athletes will be officially released before February 1.
Russia is expecting to take medals in 35 sporting disciplines in Vancouver, according to Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
The Vancouver Winter Games will last from February 12 to February 28.