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Congratulations to figure skater Adelina Sotnikova, gold medallist at the 2014 Winter Olympics

February 20, 2014

Vladimir Putin congratulated Adelina Sotnikova on her victory in the women’s figure skating event at the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

The message reads, part:

“The whole of sports history tells us that the noble title of Olympic champion goes only to those who surpass their rivals not just in skill but also in steadfast spirit and strength of character, who believe in themselves and in their dream, and who are ready to fight for that dream right to the very last second and effort.

You emerged the winner and conquered a summit that our figure skating team spent long years working towards. Your family, trainers and mentors are all proud of you, and so is the whole of Russia.”

February 20, 2014