Krasnoyarsk, capital of the 29th Winter Universiade, once again hosted the Olympic Patrol project

Last weekend, as part of the ROC’s Olympic Patrol sports and educational project, a meeting was held with two-time Olympic biathlon champion Yevgeny Ustyugov, coinciding with events held during the course of All-Russian Hockey Day.

It is worth noting that Krasnoyarsk is hosting the Olympic Patrol project for the third year in a row. The project has enjoyed great success among the younger residents of Krasnoyarsk and this time round it was held at Rassvet stadium. The young people who were present attended an “Olympic lesson” from the famous Krasnoyarsk biathlete Yevgeny Ustyugov, two-time winner of the Olympic Games and winner of the World and European Championships.

– It was a great pleasure to organize the lesson, – said Yevgeny. – It is worth a lot. Remembering myself in childhood, I can say that I would have given anything to have projects such as Olympic Patrol and attend “Olympic lessons” by famous champions.

Guests of the “Olympic lesson” included the top officials of Krasnoyarsk and the younger generation who in the future will continue the victorious sports traditions of the region. Ustyugov talked about his career and biathlon, including his victories at the Olympic Games in Vancouver and Sochi, as well as the principles of Olympism. He also took questions from the audience and gave numerous answers.

– I think that for young people who have set their sights on a sports career, it is especially important to meet with real Olympic champions, – said the Mayor of Krasnoyarsk Sergey Eremin. – This is an amazing opportunity to listen to an Olympic champion who has achieved great success in his career. Ustyugov is our very own Olympic champion and we in Krasnoyarsk are very proud of him.

The Olympic Patrol sports programme will continue with the Olympic Quiz, where young people can test their knowledge on the upcoming Games, the history of the Olympic movement and its main values, such as friendship, respect, commitment to excellence and fair play.

Yevgeny Ustyugov was not the only famous athlete present during the sports festival. As part of the All-Russian Hockey Day at Rassvet stadium, a hockey master class was held during the course of the Red Machine national hockey training programme.

Developed by the integrated scientific group of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, the Red Machine project was launched in March 2018, and since then it has been organized in Moscow, Kazan, Sochi, Tula, Khabarovsk, Chelyabinsk, Norilsk and other cities. In Krasnoyarsk, it was presented by the coaches of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation Andrei Ivanov and Alexander Kozhevnikov.

The Olympic Patrol and the Red Machine events were supported by the ROC’s partner Norilsk Nickel, which comprehensively supports numerous sports projects throughout

Russia, develops both mass sport and high-achievement (Olympic) sport, and pays special attention to university and youth sports.

– It is very important to organize such events. This is a real festive holiday for young people, – said Andrei Yakovlev, Deputy Director of the Krasnoyarsk representative office of Norilsk Nickel. – During my childhood, one could only dream of this. The Olympic Patrol project, organized jointly with the ROC, guides young people in the right direction and inspires them towards great victories not only in sport but also in life.

Olympic Patrol is the All-Russian sports and educational project of the Russian Olympic Committee, part of the Olympic Country programme.