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Medvedev congratulates Russian Paralympic athletes on triumphant ski race performance

March 09, 2014, 19:02 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 09 /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congratulated Russian paralympic Alpine skiers with a triumphant performance in Alpine skiing events and winning another five medals of various values on Sunday.

“This success added another medal to the collection of the Russian national team which strengthened its leadership in the overall teams’ standings on the second day of the Paralympic Winter Games,” the Russian prime ministers wrote in one of his telegram of greetings addressed to Russian Paralympic athletes.

Russian sitting ski racers gained a sweeping victory in a 15km race on Sunday, winning gold, silver and bronze medals. Roman Petushkov became a medalist and two-time Olympic champion at the Sochi-2014 Paralymic Games. A day earlier, he won a 7.5 km race in biathlon. Sitting skier Irek Zaripov won a silver medal in the 15km race while Alexander Davidovich was third with the bronze medal.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev also congratulated Alexei Bugayev, who won a bronze medal in a giant super slalom among athletes with physical abnormalities, and sitting cross country-skier Svetlana Konovalova who won another bronze medal in the ladies’ 12-km ski race.

“I am sure that the medal you have won in sharp competition will become a good incentive for future victories. I wish you success, new achievements and all the best,” Medvedev said in his telegram of greetings.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has also congratulated the Russian Paralympic athletes.

Russian Sport Minister Vitaly Mutko has promised that all Paralympic champions and medalists will be deservingly rewarded.

“We have put them on a par with Olympic champions and medal winners. Please, do not worry. Everything is going to be normal. All of them have done a good job and have deserved to be awarded,” Mutko said.

The Russian Paralympic team is leading in the overall teams standings on the second day of competitions with five gold, seven silver and five bronze medals.

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