Schoolchildren of the country started the school year with the Olympic lesson

On September 3, in regular and sports schools of the country regions from Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk to St. Petersburg Olympic lesson were held. They were held by the Russian Olympic Committee with the support of the Sochi 2014 organizing Committee.

In the capital the Olympic lesson was held in the University school of Moscow City Teachers’ Training University.

The President of the Russian Olympic Committee, Alexander Zhukov acted as teacher. Famous athletes helped him: 2012 London Olympic Games champion in rhythmic gymnastics, Aliya Mustafina and silver medalist of Turin-2006 in luge Albert Demchenko, as well as General Secretary of the Russian Paralympic Committee and repeat Paralympic champion Mikhail Terentiev.

It started as an ordinary lesson.  A teacher enters and the students rise. But this time famous athletes were in place of  the teachers.

“I believe that these lessons are very useful, they are very necessary. Because without physical education in schools, without sports, without professional sports there will not be a healthy, strong, courageous, self-confident country – said Albert Demchenko. – Today is my day off, and I happily agreed to take part in this Olympic lesson. As the Ambassador of the Olympic Games in Sochi I quite often take part in the open lessons, visit different schools, boarding schools, and orphanages. At such meetings we tell children about the sportS and the Olympic Games, about our achievements and our sports way. Whenever possible, I always try to  participate in such events, but I think many people understand that the preparation for the Olympic Games is very time-consuming. Preparation for any competition is a very time-consuming and  complex process, so it is often difficult to find a spare moment and to attend such an event for yourself, for your soul”.

First of all – a warm-up – an impromptu lesson on physical culture with the fifth graders with practicing throwing the ball at the basketball hoop and then morning exercises monitored by the Olympic champion Aliya Mustafina.

Everybody is following the gymnast’s lead, even the first-graders, not yet accustomed to the regular lessons, not that of the Olympic lessons. “To win an Olympic medal, – said Alexander Zhukov to the students,- it is not only  necessary to train for 8-10 hours daily, but also to do morning dozen at all times”.

Five colored rings, the motto “Higher, Faster, Stronger”. The main principle is pure and honest victory. This is all about the Olympic Games, of course. Early next year they will take place in our country. The ROC President, Alexander Zhukov,  stressed the importance of this event.

“This is the third year that we are holding the Olympic lessons, more and more kids are learning about the Olympic movement, – stressed the head of the ROC Alexander Zhukov. These lessons have already become traditional. We will support this great initiative by all means. This also refers to the Paralympic movement. Children should understand that any person, despite everything, can achieve outstanding results, if he is determined to do that.”

The participant of the six Paralympic games and the winner of numerous medals, Mikhail Terentiev has told the schoolchildren about the Paralympic games.

Olympic lessons are held by the Russian Olympic Committee with the support of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee for the third year in a row. Their purpose is to introduce the children to the children sport, providing them with  knowledge about the Olympic history, the Olympic values and also to acquaint them with the Olympic sports.

3 September Olympic lessons were held in twelve regions of the country. Besides Moscow, it was held in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Novosibirsk, Yoshkar-Ola, Lipetsk, Rostov, Dzerzhinsk, Stavropol, Sochi, Krasnodar Region, Krymsk and St. Petersburg. In Krymsk, for example, the Vice-President of the ROC, the five-times Olympic champion in synchronized swimming Anastasia Davydova held a meeting with the schoolchildren. In Sochi a two-time Olympic biathlon champion Svetlana Ishmuratova tried the role of the teacher, in Novosibirsk – twice Olympic biathlon champion Anna Bogaliy and two-time Olympic champion in sprint Victor Markin, and in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk – two times Olympic boxing champion Oleg Saitov.