Russian figure skater, 2006 Olympic champion, two-time world champion (2004, 2005), three-time European champion (2004–2006), and three-time winner of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Finals (2003–2005). Jury member of ISU Skating Awards 2020. Russian public figure
Russian hockey player, Stanley Cup winner, ice hockey world champion
Russian businessman and politician, founder of the Faberlic scientific research and production company
Russian skier, Olympic marathon champion and silver medal winner of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games
Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Russia
Famous opera singer
We have been honored to host the Special Olympics Games in our country, and it makes me truly happy. The Special Olympics athletes beam with kindness, determination, experience and power of will, and many people could learn from them to gain same qualities and attitude towards life.
I believe that people with special needs who practice sports are real heroes, with a lot of fighting spirit. Despite everything, they keep on believing in themselves and enjoying life. I support the Special Olympics World Winter Games because I am confident that every person, regardless of their health condition, should have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
A wish to develop and human culture are things that differentiate us from other species. We do whine from time to time, but how can we allow us to do that if we know how much people can achieve? The Special Olympics provide a feeling of unity and knowing that you are not alone.
We should not demonstrate our differences to each other. We are all alike, we are the whole. Special Olympics athletes are people with a very strong spirit. I’m not sure if I could get in the right mindset for training and competitions.
The ability to empathize and understand other people is what makes us human. Accepting that another person has the same rights to use swings in parks, explore the world and have the same life as you is absolutely normal. People may be wary, because they don’t know. The goal of the Special Olympics is to explain, tell and make sure that people are not wary anymore. These Olympics are for us all as well, because the society only learns how to show compassion, be humane and not to become hard-hearted through similar competitions.
Special Olympics are more than just sport. It is a grand feast of joy where there are no differences between people. The Games are important not only for athletes but for all of us to unite and understand each other. I believe together we will be able to create an inclusive world where people with ID will gain support and opportunities for personal fulfilment