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10 February 2014

FIRST - OUR HOSPITALITY, THEN - OUR MEDAL.

It happens sometimes at the Olympics – the days like this, the third medal day of Sochi. A day which gave some rest from emotions. But it was still a very busy day.

Ukrainian NOC made a reception in Sochi – traditional Day of Ukraine at the Olympics. Thanks everybody for coming. It was a great honour to welcome Mr Tomas Bach, IOC President, at our party. Mr President, thanks for your support of our 2022 bid. I can say with pride – when me and my colleagues do something we try to do it as good as possible. I’m sure we will follow this tradition with first ever Ukrainian Olympic bid.

Mr President, hope also that you liked Ukrainian traditional dishes. Hope you will have much more chances to taste them.

Another highlight of the day is an awarding ceremony for women’s biathlon sprint race. The nerves of the race were still fresh in my mind but now they gave place to excitement. Very happy for all three girls – each of them has her own story of success which is surely worthy to be awarded by Olympic medal. Still – as I said yesterday – my heart was with Vita.

Well, it is still early to celebrate – biathletes have more races ahead. This one was just first of 4 individual and two team races!

This day in sport program was as emotional as the previous ones. Did you pay some examples of nation’s domination in some disciplines? All-Dutch podium in speed skating, two Canadians at the podium in mogul and two French in biathlon pursuit! Special congratulations for Martin Fourcade – it was his first Olympic gold. I’m sure he counts for more. Good luck!

Sergey Bubka.

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