|In partnership with Bolshoi Sport Magazine|
On May 20, Moscow’s Vetoshny Art Center hosted a special reception called “Sochi – Moscow – Rio”.An event dedicated to honoring Russian athletes who achieved success at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the reception was organized by the four-time Olympic champion and chief editor of the magazine Bolshoi Sport, Alexei Nemov.
This event was a logical continuation of the reception that Nemov arranged in October last year, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Sochi, to wish Russia’s athletes victory in the forthcoming games. According to established tradition, the hosts of the event were Alexei Nemov and Yelena Khanga.
“The Sochi Olympics have ended, but in the big sports, the training process for new victories never stops. The honorary awards of the Bolshoi Sport magazine today will be presented to the champions of the Sochi Olympics by those athletes who will defend the honor of Russia in Rio de Janeiro in 2016,” said Nemov during the opening of the ceremony honoring the athletes.
Famous Russian athlete and Olympic champion Alexei Nemov with family. Source: Press photo
This event was held with the informational support of Russia Beyond The Headlines and in partnership with the global charity organization Laureus Sport for Good. The general partners of the event were Mercedes-Benz, Donstroy and BCS Premier.
Receiving awards from Bolshoi Sport at the evening were Ksenia Stolbova, Yekaterina Bobrova, Vladimir Grigoriev, Semyon Yelistratov, Ruslan Zakharov, Alexander Legkov, Yevgeny Plushenko, Adelina Sotnikova, Albert Demchenko, Olga Zaitseva, Olga Graf, Yekaterina Lobysheva, Yevgeny Kurguryan and Denis Tikhomirov.
Nemov also handed out commemorative awards to those who have contributed to the development and popularization of Russian sports: Alexei Vorobyov (the Moscow Department of Physical Culture and Sport), Maria Morozova (Mercedes-Benz Rus), Andrei Bagayev (Donstroy), Stanislav Novikov (BCS), Eugene Abov (Russia Beyond The Headlines), Nikolai Dolgopolov (the Federation of Sports Journalists of Russia), Tigran Pogosyan (MegaFon), Lev Belousov (the Russian International Olympic University), Igor Pepelyayev (Rostelecom), Irina Andrianova (Rosneft), Dmitry Bobkov (Rossetti) and Alexander Samoilov (the FMBA Russia Center for Sports Medicine).
Source: YouTube / RBTH
A separate award from RBTH “For the popularization of Russia in the world as a sports power” was presented to the Olympic champion in synchronized swimming, Goodwill Ambassador of the Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, Anzhelika Timanina. “Alexei Nemov has organized a great event where athletes have an opportunity, in a relaxed atmosphere, to discuss all the vicissitudes of the sporting struggle in Sochi. The Winter Olympics athletes have passed us a kind of baton, and we will try to achieve great results in Rio de Janeiro,” said Timanina.
At this event, the renowned luger Albert Demchenko announced his retirement from the sport. Upon receiving his award from Bolshoi Sport magazine, he said: “I am grateful to Alexei Nemov for bestowing such an honor on me – this diploma for longevity in sports. Alexei hosts special events that bring together representatives of both summer and winter sports, and this very much unites our various sports.”
The gala reception of Alexei Nemov was visited by leading athletes as well as representatives of the sports, political and business communities: Dmitry Nosov, Alyona Zavarzina, Yevgeny Korotyshkin, Ivan Skoblev, Anastasia Myskina, Larisa Latynina, Maria Kiseleva, Vladimir Salnikov, Aliya Mustafina, Daria Korobova, Batu Khasikov, Natalya Antyukh, Natalya Nazarova, Stanislava Komarova, Svetlana Romashina, Irina Sumnikova, Lidiya Ivanova, Mikhail Nestruyev, Vladimir Beschastnykh, Tatyana Kashirina, Natalya Ishchenko, Irina Karavayeva, Yana Rudkovskaya, Valery Syutkin, Alexandra Paskevich, Emin Garibov, Vasily Tsereteli, Konstantin Andrikopulos, and other sports colleagues and friends of Alexei Nemov. The evening was closed by the Tokyo Group, who sang the anthem of the Sochi Olympics.
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