Russian Ice Hockey Legends for the Children of Zheleznogorsk Charity Event

28 January 2014

In the lead up to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, a charity event called “Russian Ice Hockey Legends for the Children of Zheleznogorsk” took place on 24 and 25 January, 2014 with the assistance and sponsorship of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation.

Among the participants of the charity event were two-time Olympic ice hockey champions Boris Mikhailov and Vyacheslav Starshinov, Olympic ice hockey champions Alexander Pashkov, Stanislav Petukhov, Ilya Byakin, Yuri Blinov, the World and European Champion, International Master of Sports, Aleksander Volchkov, and the two-time World and European champion Alexander Martyniuk. The “Olympic Troops” were led by the President of the Russian Union of Athletes, a three-time Olympic fencing champion, thirteen-time World champion, 22-time USSR champion, the Merited Master of Sports, Honoured Coach of both the USSR and Russia, Galina Gorokhova.

The children from Zheleznogorsk were the only ones in the country to have the unique opportunity to write pre-Olympics messages to the Russian national ice hockey team, Ambassadors of the XXII Sochi Winter Olympic Games 2014 and to pass onto the team their inspiring words of encouragement through the legendary athletes who brought international acclaim to Russian ice hockey in the past.

The event had a busy schedule. In the afternoons of 24 and 25 of January Ilya Byakin, Yuri Blinov, Aleksander Martyniuk and Aleksander Volchkov held ice hockey master-classes for young athletes from Zheleznogorsk, at the Yubileyniy Ice Rink. Each young hockey player had a chance to learn some tips and tricks first hand from legendary hockey-players. The most promising young Zheleznogorsk athletes received commemorative diplomas and gifts from the Champions.

On January 25, Galina Gorokhova and Boris Mikhailov gave Olympic Lessons at the town’s schools No. 7 and No. 12. The local school No. 11 and No. 13 had visits from Vyacheslav Starshinov, Alexander Pashkov and Stanislav Petukhov. The great athletes talked about the secrets of sporting victories, the present state and future of Russian sport, and told some memorable stories from their careers. The charity event culminated with a friendly match Zheleznogorsk — Kursk. The symbolic launching of the puck at the start of the game was given to Boris Mikhailov. Alexander Pashkov was the match commentator.

The residents of Zheleznogorsk showed great enthusiasm for the charity event. As a sign of gratitude and respect to their guests of honour, citizens of all ages came to the station to see off the legendary sportsmen.

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