In addition to Akinfeev, the best of Russian sport will also be represented by host city ambassadors, such as three-time Olympic champion, Natalia Ishchenko, and four-time Olympic champion, Alexei Nemov.
Ishchenko, the poster girl of Russian synchronised swimming, talked about the demands of success in her sport: “As a leader, you cannot rest on your laurels. You have to keep coming up with new things, be creative and stay at the top of your game.” Ishchenko also said she had no hesitation about becoming an ambassador for her home city of Kaliningrad.
Nemov, the gymnast and ambassador for Saransk, was recognised as ‘Athlete of the Year’ in 2000 by the Russian Olympic Committee. Nemov is known internationally not only for his medal haul but also his strong sense of fair play, such an important value in sport, which after the Athens 2004 Olympics saw him awarded the Pierre de Coubertin World Trophy by the International Committee for Fair Play. http://mmoga.cc/