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MOSCOW, February 18. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated snowboarder Nikolai Olyunin on winning the Olympic silver medal on Tuesday adding that it was a “perfect gift” for all Russian sports fans.
Olyunin’s silver on Tuesday in snowboard cross event is the first-ever Olympic medal for Russia’s men snowboarding team. The first Olympic snowboarding award for Russia was snatched at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Canada’s Vancouver, where Yekaterina Ilyukhina won silver in women’s parallel giant slalom.
“You have been confidently leading in all qualifying stages and made a real breakthrough in snowboard cross,” Medvedev said. “Your today’s silver medal is the first for Russia in this discipline and definitely the perfect gift for all our sports fans.”
The Russian prime minister also said he was confident that Olyunin would continue conquering medals podiums in the future.
The 22-year-old Russian snowboarder led in all qualifying stages of the event, but conceded the gold to French Pierre Vaultier after they crossed the tracks at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park course in the final competition on Tuesday. Alex Deibold of the United States clinched the bronze medal.