Our country will proudly host the Winter Games for the first time in 2014 in Sochi. This is a great opportunity to celebrate both Russia’s sporting legacy and to back our Olympic athletes, who will show their talent to the world and inspire future generations. I am very excited that Russian fans will get to experience the spirit of the Olympic Games first hand and lend their invaluable support to the athletes from around the world.
It was a great honor for me to become the first Russian torchbearer. I am really happy and proud to have been at the Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Torch for it is precisely this event that launches the largest national Olympic Torch Relay in Olympic history.
As an ice hockey player, it is truly an honor to become an Ambassador of the Winter Games being held in my home country. When Sochi won its Bid in Guatemala, we were delighted that in 2014 we will be playing at home on a brand-new modern hockey arena beside the beautiful seaside. As an athlete, I`ll try to do everything possible for bring the Olympic gold for the Russian team. And as a Sochi 2014 Ambassador, to help ensure that the Winter Games will be held at the highest level possible.