At the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, the Russians had a solid performance with 9 total medals, including two golds. By the golds-first methodology, that put them 6th overall.
In 2014, however, the Russians could be a dominant force and battle the deep Australians and Chinese for top spots on the medals table after naming a powerful 8 (the maximum allowed) for the event.
Of those 8 swimmers, all can reasonably be expected to walk away with one medal, and almost all of them could take a gold based on the times from 2010 (though, the meet will surely get at least deeper, if not faster).
The Russians have a lot of great young talent, and after absolute domination of the European Junior Championships last year (they took 22 out of 42 gold medals), they’ll be hungry to prove it on a world stage as well. With Evgeny Sedov, one of the fastest junior sprinters in history, and a swimmer already a bona-fide world-class swimmer compared to any age, leading the way, this should be a successful meet as well.
Note that the Daria Ustinova below, while a great backstroker as well, is not the really well-known backstroke that recently broke the 200 back Junior World Record.
Rozaliya Nasretdinova (50 free/24.95; 100 free/55.05; 50 back/29.88; 50 fly/26.56)
Daria Ustinova (From St. Petersburg – 100 free/55.90; 200 free/2:01.84; 100 back 1:01.69
Irina Prikhodko (200 back/2:11.72)
Daria Mullakaeva (200 free/2:00.85)
Evgeny Sedov (50 free/21.98; 100 free/49.23; 50 back 25.47; 50 fly/23.28; 100 fly/54.16)
Filipp Shopin (50 back/26.06; 100 back/56.54; 50 fly/24.69)
Evgeny Rylov (200 back/1:58.85; 100 back/55.35; 50 back/26.30)
Anton Chupkov (100 breast/1:02.00; 50 breast/28.77; 200 breast/2:13.73