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SOCHI, February 06, 21:50 /ITAR-TASS/. Father Frost, a Russian Santa Claus, wished Russian Olympic athletes to win as many gold medals as possible, saying along with it that he himself will not use his magic abilities for achieving this goal or helping the athletes earn the highly desired awards, he told Itar-Tass on Thursday.
The legendary Russian magician symbolising New Year and harsh Russian winters came to Sochi for the Olympic and Paralympic Games from his official residence in the Russian northern city of Veliky Ustyug.
On the eve of the start of the Olympic Games, Father Frost’s residence was opened in the Olympic Park with a genuine New Year performance and switching on the lights of the Olympic fir tree next to the Iceberg Skating Palace.
“There should be no magic in sport,” Father Frost said. “There should be fair play and the strongest should win. Please don’t ask about my forecasts as I’m not a fortune teller.”
“As for the winter so lovely to my heart, I prefer biathlon, ski racing and luge,” he said. “But my favourite is women’s curling as it is an intelligent sport and very clever young women engage in it.