London 2012

Press release

Russian president welcomes home Olympic champion volleyball team


The whole team was honoured for their achievement in a Kremlin ceremony

Moscow, Russia, August 15, 2012 – Russia’s gold-medal-winning men’s volleyball team received a warm welcome from the moment they arrived at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. That was soon topped off with a ceremony at the Kremlin, where they received state honours from president Vladimir Putin.

All of Russia’s Olympic medallists were recognized during the ceremony, and among those singled out for special recognition was the volleyball veteran Sergey Tetyukhin.
“I would like to thank our volleyball players for the final match [against Brazil],” said Putin. “The guys showed real character. I phoned and congratulated their coach [Vladimr Alekno] and through him – all the athletes.”

Russia won one more gold in London than they had in Beijing four years earlier,
and 10 more medals overall. The country nevertheless fell to fourth in the medal standings after the United States, China and Great Britain.
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