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Belarusian president orders payments to Sochi Olympics medalists

February 26, 2014, 21:23 UTC+3 MINSK
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MINSK, February 26, /ITAR-TASS/. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has instructed the country’s prime minister, Mikhail Myasnikovich, to pay remuneration to Belarusian athletes who had won medals at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi without delay, the presidential press service said Wednesday.

In line with a decision made by the Belarusian leadership earlier, a gold medalist at the Sochi Olympics was in for $150,000, a silver medalist, for $75,000 and a bronze winner, for $50,000.

The Winter Olympics, held on February 7-23, were the best for the entire sovereign history of Belarus in terms of gold medals. The country secured 5 golds and 1 bronze.

Biathlete Darya Domracheva, who became a three-time Olympic champion in Sochi, was one of the main Olympic heroes. She won three gold medals: in women’s 15-kilometer individual race, the 10-kilometer pursuit race and the 12.5-kilometer mass start.

Domracheva can expect to get $450,000 for her victories.

Freestyle skiers Alla Tsuper and Anton Kushnir, who had secured one gold each, are in for $150,000 each. Nadezhda Skardino, who brought Belarus the bronze medal in women’s biathlon 15-kilometer individual race, can expect $50,000.

A day before, Lukashenko awarded Domracheva with the star of the Hero of Belarus and Kushnir, Tsuper and Skardino with Orders of the Fatherland, 3rd Class.

Domracheva was born on August 3, 1986, in the Belarusian capital Minsk. She grew up in the Russian town of Nyagan in West Siberia.

Domracheva took bronze at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics in women’s 15km individual race. She is the 2013 World Cup champion in mass start and the 2012 World Cup champion in pursuit.

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