Olympic lessons were held in Russian schools

An unusual lesson for the students of Troitsk School was held. It was a part of the all-Russian program of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC). On Wednesday, March 5, President of the ROC and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Alexander Zhukov and  medal winners of the Sochi Olympic Winter Games – a bronze medalist in snowboarding Alyona Zavarzina and a two-time silver medalist Albert Demchenko acted as teachers at the educational institution of the Science City.

The guests told the students about the history of the Olympic Games, about the Olympic torch relay and about the talismans of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. After an informative preamble and a colorful video clip about Russian champions and medal winners of the 2014 Olympic Games, Alyona Zavarzina shared her impressions about the organization of the competitions in Sochi and Russian snowboarders’ performance.  She also told her story of practicing  snowboarding sport, which has almost given in to her love for painting, and Albert Demchenko told the students about his way into professional sports and how much has been done for the Russian sports in Sochi.

Young Troitsk citizens assailed the guests with questions. The athletes were questioned about the diet, about the Olympic team selection procedures, about the number of training sessions and, of course, about how they studied at school. The students also wanted to know how important the support of fans was for the athletes, and if they were worried before the start. Alexander Zhukov mentioned the invaluable contribution of the Olympic Games to the life of Russian citizens.

“One of the main results of the Olympic Games in Sochi is a huge interest in sports, primarily among children. Today we are giving  Olympic lessons in 30 cities, and I must say that every time I meet with the children at schools, they say that they watched the Games and supported our athletes, – said Alexander Zhukov.

– I’m sure that after the Games a huge number of children will go to the sports schools. I am saying this basing on the interest that boys and girls are showing for our Olympic champions and medal winners. When I see their sparcling eyes and feel their love for our athletes, it becomes obvious that the Olympics were held not in vain”.

After the lesson Alyona Zavarzina said the following about her pedagogical debut: “I loved giving this kind of lesson. It was evident that the children were interested – they asked many questions. When I was a schoolgirl, we didn’t have such Olympic lessons. That’s a pity. I think they are necessary. I would be very happy if some of these kids will decide to devote themselves to sports after such lesson”.

The solemn meeting of the younger generation with Olympians ended with an autograph session, memorable photos and thunderous applause.

On March 5, the Olympic lessons were held in many regions of our country — in the Republic of Bashkortostan, in Kabardino-Balkaria, in Mordovia , in Alanya, in the Chuvash Republic, in Mari El, in Karelia, in Altai and Perm Territories, in Nizhny Novgorod, Orel, Saratov, Tomsk, Magadan, Pskov, Omsk, Ryazan, Kirov, Rostov, Chelyabinsk, Kostroma, Ulyanovsk and Moscow Regions, in Khanty-Mansiisk autonomous district-Yugra and in St. Petersburg.

On the next day – March 6 – the Olympic lesson relay will be picked up on Sakhalin, in the Krasnoyarsk Territory and in the Belgorod Region.

Reports on previous Olympic lessons in Russian regions:

Bashkortostan Republic

Karelia Republic

North Ossetia Republic

Omsk

Kostroma region

Saratov

Saransk

St. Petersburg

Orel

Syktyvkar

Pskov

Krasnoyarsk

Chelyabinsk

Chuvash Republic

Ryazan region

Kirov

Mary El Republic

Khanty-Mansiysk

Tomsk

Sakhalin region

Samara region

Magadan region

Rostov region

Altay region

Dmitrov (Moscow region)