On the 14th December the "Russian Olympians' Ball 2012" took place in the State Kremlin Palace. During the annual event it was announced that five-time Olympic synchronized swimming champion, Anastasia Davydova would become a Sochi 2014 ambassador.
The Olympians' Ball, organized by the Russian Olympic Committee, looked back at the London 2012 Olympic Games and looked ahead to Sochi 2014.
Over a thousand guests attended the celebration, including top Russian athletes and coaches, heads of national sporting associations, public figures and directors of media organizations. Russian champions and medalists from the London Games were also in attendance.
One of the guests in the spotlight at the event was Anastasia Davydova, who won her fifth Olympic gold in London this year. During the event it was officially announced she is a Sochi 2014 Ambassador.
The synchronized swimmer set a new world record, by becoming the only person to win five Olympic golds in the history of the sport. The gold medal she won in London also made her the most medal winning summer Olympian in modern Russian history. She was given the honor of carrying the Russian flag at the closing ceremony of the London Games, and after the Games she was awarded the Order for Merit to the Fatherland, IV class. Anastasia Davydova has now retired from competition, and will spend her time actively promoting the Olympic Games and getting stuck in to her new role as a Sochi 2014 Ambassador.
The Sochi 2014 volunteers played an important role in organizing the Ball. In total 48 volunteers were involved in welcoming guests, presenting them with gifts and accompanying them to their seats. In addition, the young volunteers provided assistance to the Paralympic guests and took care of all of the preparation behind-the-scenes including unpacking gifts, preparing bouquets of flowers, etc.
For the Sochi 2014 volunteers, taking part in such a prominent event as the Olympians' Ball was a great opportunity to get vital experience ahead of the 2014 Games.
Five-time Olympic champion in synchronized swimming, Sochi 2014 Ambassador Anastasia Davydova said:
"I'm delighted to have been made a Sochi 2014 Ambassador, especially as the Sochi Games will be the first ever Winter Games held in Russia’s history. These Games will become a catalyst for change in Sochi and across Russia. They will also inspire Russia’s youth to play sport and adopt a healthy lifestyle. As a coach, I know how important it is for us to nurture a new generation of champions, and events such as the Olympic Games allow us to do so".