Russian President Vladimir Putin presented state awards to the Russian winners of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, TASS reports.
The Order of Friendship was awarded to figure skater Kamila Valieva, who became the Olympic champion in team competitions. The athlete, who celebrates her 16th birthday today, April 26, came to the awards ceremony with her mother Alsu Anvarovna. The Order of Honor was received by figure skater Nikita Katsalapov (gold in team competitions and silver in ice dancing) and skier Denis Spitsov (gold in the relay and silver in the skiathlon). The Order of Friendship was also awarded to figure skater Alexander Gallyamov (first place in team competition and bronze in sports pairs), figure skater Mark Kondratyuk (first place in team competitions), figure skaters Anastasia Mishina (first place in team competitions and bronze in sports pairs) and Victoria Sinitsyna ( gold in team competitions and silver in ice dancing), skiers Veronika Stepanova and Alexei Chervotkin.
Not all gold medalists managed to attend the ceremony. In particular, due to a medical operation, skier Alexander Bolshunov, who returned from China with three gold, one silver and one bronze medals, could not visit the Kremlin. He was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky. Also, the Olympic champion in figure skating in individual competitions Anna Shcherbakova, who performs in the show of her coach Eteri Tutberidze, did not get to the ceremony. The athlete performs today in Nizhny Novgorod.