Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

12 September 2012. VOR Presents… President Putin Honoured the “Golden” Paralympians

The Team Russia Paralympians returned to the motherland on the evening of 10 September. Friends, family, and fans met the athletes at Sheremetyevo International Airport. In the image above, Vladimir Lukin (centre), the President of the Russian Paralympic Committee, spoke at short ceremony welcoming our sportsmen home.

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Team Russia took second place in the unofficial national standings at the Paralympics in London as its members won 102 medals, 36 gold, 38 silver, and 28 bronze. In the image above, we see cyclist Svetlana Moshkovich at the welcoming ceremony for the Team Russia Paralympians at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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42 Team Russia sportsmen won medals at the games. In the image above, we see three-time track champion Yelena Ivanova (right) at the welcoming ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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Runner Aleksei Labzin, who won two gold and one silver, at the welcoming ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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Three-time gold-winning Paralympic champion runner Yevgeni Shvetsov (centre) at the welcoming ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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Paralympic champion swimmer Honoured Master of Sport Olesya Vladykina (right) at the welcoming ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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Three-time Paralympic gold- and silver-medallist in track Margarita Goncharova (left) at the welcoming ceremony at Sheremetyevo International Airport.

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On Tuesday, 11 September, at the Aleksandrovsky Hall of the Grand Kremlin Palace, President Vladimir Putin presented state awards to honour Russian Paralympians who won gold medals at the Games in London. Honoured Master of Sport and Order of Honour holder Aleksei Ashapatov holds the Russian flag. The Paralympians received the same financial rewards from the state for medals as the Olympians did.

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In summing up the performance of our Russian athletes in London, President Putin said, “They demonstrated the utmost panache. It was, indeed, a great success, a veritable achievement”.

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President Putin with Honoured Master of Sport Aleksei Ashapatov, Paralympic Champion and holder of the Order of Honour.

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President Putin awarded the Order of Honour to five athletes (Aleksei Ashapatov already holds it for his efforts at the Beijing Paralympics), and he gave another 37 athletes the Order of Friendship. Here, the President talks with Order of Honour recipient Yelena Pautova.

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Members of the Team Russia Paralympic football squad presented President Putin with his own futbolka (football shirt).

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11 September 2012

Voice of Russia World Service

RT TV

http://rus.ruvr.ru/photoalbum/87887881/87888764/

http://rt.com/sport/putin-russia-paralympics-london-860/

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