Aleksandra Frantseva, 2013 International Paralympic Committee Alpine Skiing World Cup champion, held a Paralympic lesson in one of the Sochi schools. The event continued a series of Paralympic lessons conducted by notable athletes across Russia in the frames of Sochi 2014 "Our Champions" programme.
The athlete and her coach, Aleksandr Nazarov, told Sochi schoolchildren about the history of the Paralympic movement, winter sports, preparation for the 2014 Games and presented a video about the Paralympic Games in London and Sochi. The Paralympian also shared her sporting stories and encouraged the children to support the Russian national team at the upcoming Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
Aleksandra Frantseva, a Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" from the Far Eastern Federal District, noted:
"I am honored to participate in the Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project and represent my native Kamchatka Region and the whole Far Eastern Federal District. I am excited that people across the country are paying more attention to Paralympic sport and athletes, especially in the lead up to the Games in Sochi. In conducting lessons for pupils, we are able to talk about our experiences and how important it is for the country and nation to support Paralympians. We are excited about the opportunity to compete in Russia, and I’m hoping to win the place on the podium at the first ever Paralympic Games in the history of our country."
Notes to the Editor
Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi
Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi will be held from the 7th to the 16th of March 2014. There are 72 sets of medals in five Paralympic sports to be won. 1,650 athletes and team members from 45 countries will come to the Paralympic Games.
In 2011 a comprehensive program to raise awareness of the population about the Paralympic Games and Paralympic values was launched. It will continue right through to 2014.
Sochi 2014 "Our Champion"
The main objective of Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" project is to promote the Paralympic movement and raise awareness about Russian Paralympic athletes residing in different federal districts of the country. The project will enable the Russian residents to learn more about the history of Paralympic athletes who have overcome life's conditions and climbed the pedestal of the Russian and international sports competitions. Visa is the Presenting Partner and the TOP Partner of the Olympic Games for more than 26 years, the Partner of the Paralympic Games since 2002 and General Partner of the Paralympic Winter Games of 2014 in Sochi.
"Our Champions": Aleksey Ashapatov (weightlifting / Ural FD), Ivan Goncharov (cross-country skiing, biathlon / Central FD), Mikhalina Lysova (biathlon / Ural FD), Kirill Mikhaylov (skiing / Privolzhsky FD), "Udmurtia" sledge hockey team (Volga FD), "Granit" wheelchair curling team (Ural FD), Alexander Alyabyev (skiing / CFD), Aleksandra Frantseva (skiing / Far East FD), Sergei Poddubny (table tennis / Central FD), Vladimir Krivulya (weightlifting / Southern FD), Tatiana Ilyuchenko (skiing / Siberian FD), Fedor Trykolych (athletics / Northwestern FD) and Gocha Khugaev (athletics / North-Caucasian FD).
Aleksandra Frantseva is a Russian alpine skiing champion, winner at European Cups and participant in the Paralympic Games in Vancouver.
She was born on April 24, 1987, in the Kamchatka Region and competes in the category of visually impaired athletes.
Aleksandra was the women's all-round champion of Russia in 2009 (having won 5 gold medals), the all-round champion at Russia's First Winter Spartakiade for people with disabilities in 2008 and a silver and bronze medalist in European Cups.
In the alpine skiing competitions at the IPC World Championships in 2011, she won silver in the super combined, giant slalom and super-G, as well as bronze in the slalom and downhill races.
In the alpine skiing competitions at the final stage of the IPC World Cup in 2013, Aleksandra won gold in the downhill disciplines and won the title of all-round winner of the World Cup in her category.
She has been a Sochi 2014 "Our Champion" since 2012 representing the Far Eastern Federal District project. The athlete plans to take part in the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi.