2010-02-18 12:55:00

Patriarch Kirill congratulates Russian skiers on first Olympic gold

Moscow, February 18, Interfax – Russian skiers who won first Olympic gold and silver in Vancouver received congratulations from Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

“Everyone called us. With love, with hope. Even His Holiness called. The Patriarch. Said good words. And the President. He sounded concerned and agitated,” the Komsomolskaya Pravda quoted head of the Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev as saying.

Today, Russia occupies the 11th place in the Olympic medal count.

Late in January, Patriarch Kirill conducted a prayer service in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior for Russian Olympic team. Over 250 sportsmen prayed at the service. He told the sportsmen that the country’s sport honor they were going to protect at the Games “is very important for our national self realization and dignity, especially when the country goes through difficult life’s obstacles.”

“People need victory as an important physiological factor that helps them realize dignity of the great country and the great nation,” Patriarch Kirill said.

“You should be strong inside, concentrate and force yourself to do what people expect you to,” the Patriarch told the Olympic team.