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MOSCOW, February 17. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Russian ice dancers Elena Ilyinykh and Nikita Katsalapov on winning a bronze medal in the Olympic ice dance tournament in Sochi, the official Kremlin website reports.
“You have represented Russia with honor in one of the most beautiful and popular sports, demonstrated polished mastery and a true fighting spirit. You fairly won the right to climb to the Olympic pedestal. You gave unforgettable moments of joy to millions of Russian fans,” the president said in his greeting.
Putin sent his best regards to Ilyinykh and Katsalapov and wished them to reach new sport heights.
Russian ice dancers Elena Ilyinykh and Nikita Katsalapov have won a bronze medal in the Olympic ice dance individual competitions in Sochi, scoring 183.48 points in combination after the short and free dances.
Elena and Nikita have won the 18th medal for the Russian national Olympic team, which has 5 gold, 7 silver and 6 bronze medals in the overall teams’ standings.
American duet Meryl Davis and Charlie White are the winners (195.52 points). Tess Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada won a silver medal (190.99 points).
Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Solovyov are fifth and another Russian duet, Viktoria Sinitsyna and Ruslan Zhiganshin, are 16th.
Elena Ilyinykh was born on April 25, 1994 in Kazakhstan. She lives in the town of Zheleznodoroznyi in the Moscow region. Nikita Katsalapov, her ice dance partner, was born in Moscow on July 10, 1991. The duet is the 2013 and 2014 European silver medalists and the bronze winners of the 2012 European championships. They have occupied various places at various stages of the Grand Prix tournament. They were fifth at the 2012 World Figure-Skating Championships.
Ilyinykh and Katsalapov are the 2014 Olympic figure-skating champions in the team event.
Meryl Davis, born January 1, 1987, and Charlie White, born October 24, 1987, won silver medals at the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010.