Zaripov Named as Sochi 2014 Ambassador
Irek Zaripov, who won four gold and one silver medal at the Vancouver 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, has become an official Ambassador for Sochi 2014.
07 Apr 2010
Chernyshenko said: "The whole of Russia is in awe of the courage and commitment demonstrated by Irek, who won five medals for the Russian team in Vancouver."
The Paralympic champion in Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon was given a special Ambassador diploma by Dmitry Chernyshenko, CEO and President of Sochi 2014.
Chernyshenko said: "The whole of Russia is in awe of the courage and commitment demonstrated by Irek, who won five medals for the Russian team in Vancouver. His achievement is difficult to believe and I think his success will be hard to repeat. I am proud to present him with a Sochi 2014 Ambassador diploma and hope that he will help promote the Paralympic values in our country just as assuredly as he carried the Russian flag at the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Paralympic Games."
Zaripov, who was left paralyzed following an accident 10 years ago when he was 17, joins a group of Ambassadors that includes six-time Paralympic champion Sergey Shilov, Russian Ice Hockey legend Sergey Fedorov, two-time Olympic Gymnastics champion Svetlana Khorkina and supermodel Natalia Vodianova.
For more information, please visit www.sochi2014.com.