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CHEREPOVETS, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President on Monday congratulated Russian bobsleigh racers on the Olympic gold.
“Let’s congratulate our athletes,” Putin told journalists in Cherepovets, the Vologda Region in northwestern Russia, where he arrived to hold a State Council meeting on family issues.
Russia's two-man team consisting of Alexander Zubkov and Alexei Voevoda on Monday won gold in bobsleigh at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, finishing four heats with a total time of 3 minutes 45.39 seconds. The silver went to Switzerland and the bronze to the United States.
The gold was Team Russia’s fifth at the current Games. Russia currently is in second place in the medals standings, with five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.
Putin said the athletes "withstood competition on the part of experienced and distinguished rivals and displayed the qualities of true Olympians in a breathtaking and intensive struggle," the Kremlin reported.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated the Russian bobsleigh racers on their victory, the government press service reported.
“You had no equals in the bobsleigh competitions, where you demonstrated excellent training, skill and real team spirit, coming ahead of strong rivals, showing a record time twice,” Medvedev said.
“The gold medal you won in persistent struggle is a considerable contribution to the Russian national team’s medal count at the domestic Olympic Games,” Medvedev said. “I wish you luck and all the best.