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Putin congratulates Russian lugers on Olympic silver

February 13, 2014, 23:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Putin’s congratulatory telegram posted on the Kremlin’s website on Thursday addressed to Russia's luge team
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MOSCOW, February 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian lugers on the silver medal they won in the team relay competition at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Thursday.

Putin’s congratulatory telegram posted on the Kremlin’s website on Thursday addressed to the Russian team consisting of Tatyana Ivanova, Albert Demchenko, Alexander Denisyev and Vladislav Antonov.

“You showed an excellent result on the Sochi track. The silver you won is a worthy, high award for team spirit, for years of persistent training, for incessant work of your coaches,” the telegram reads.

“This is a considerable contribution to the Russian team’s medals count, and a good present to all our fans,” Putin said.

German lugers won gold in the team relay competition in Sochi on Thursday, finishing with a total time of 2 minutes 45.649 seconds.

The Russian team secured silver (2:46.679), and Latvian lugers took bronze (2:47.295).

The Russian team's medal was the country’s 11th at the Sochi Games. Russia has so far won two gold medals, five silvers and four bronze medals.

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