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SOCHI, February 11. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian president and prime minister congratulated freestyle skier Alexander Smyshlyaev with his bronze medal victory in men’s moguls at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia’s resort city of Sochi.
The 26-year-old freestyler brought Russia on Monday its first Olympic medal in moguls after a 20-year break. Sergei Shupletsov won silver in men’s moguls and Yelizaveta Kozhevnikova grabbed the bronze at the 1994 Winter Games in Norway’s Lillehammer.
“The bronze medal in moguls is the serious accomplishment for the Russian freestyle skiing team and your personal great victory, to which you insistently and resolutely paved way over the recent years,” President Vladimir Putin said in a congratulatory message posted on the Kremlin website. “Finally here in Sochi you fulfilled your dream to step on the podium.”
The president also wished Smyshlyaev “all the best” and new victories in the future.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in his congratulatory message that Smyshlyaev exhibited “an outstanding pre-contest prep, level of skills and the real fighting spirit.”
“Freestyle skiing admirers are very happy with your success,” Medvedev said adding that he wished Smyshlyaev all the best and more success in the future.
Smyshlyaev, who comes from the small town of Lysva in Russia’s Urals Perm Territory, said after his performance on Monday that he dedicated the medal victory to his two-year-old daughter, who, according to the freestyler, is “his talisman.