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Olympic Competitors Receive Official Blessing

28. January 2010 by Christy 0 Comments

Today, Russia gave its Olympic competitors a sacred send off.


Approximately 250 uniformed athletes and coaches gathered in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral to receive an official blessing from the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill. The athletes will soon depart for Vancouver to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Patriarch Kirill prayed for the success of Russian athletes competing in the Olympics and praised the competitors for their past feats.

"You achieved much to gain the right to represent our country at the Olympic Games in Vancouver,” he said. “Much effort and time, will and tenacity - this is what it means to be a sportsman. Let's pray for your excellent results".

The Russians have high hopes for their athletes who will compete in all 15 winter sports events. Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko expects Russia to take medals in 35 sporting disciplines, and The Voice of Russia reported that the nation’s biathletes, figure skaters, skiers, bobsledders, ice-skaters, and snowboarders are expected to show the best performance.

According to, the official list of Russian athletes will be released prior to February 1st.

The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games or the 21st Winter Olympics, will be held on February 12–28, 2010, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.