"I’m sincerely honored to be an Ambassador for Russia’s first ever Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. It is noteworthy that the Games in Sochi are not only about multi-sport competition, but they also promise very important cultural and educational changes for the people of Russia, and will leave a positive, sustainable Olympic legacy for future generations!" "I regard Sochi 2014’s initiative to establish a special Athletes’ Commission to cover all aspects of Sochi 2014 Games delivery as a real success. It is great that the Organizing Committee of the Olympic Winter Games has consulted athletes to understand their needs and recommendations. I am very proud to be a member of the Sochi 2014 Athletes’ Commission and have the opportunity to share my Olympic experience to help our Games be the most memorable in history. As a Sochi 2014 Ambassador I see my role as promoting sport participation and supporting cultural and educational activities all over the country. My aim is to make the Sochi 2014 Games an event of national heritage inspiring every single Russian to take part."