During the unveiling of the Olympic and Paralympic torch design, famous Russian figure skater Ilya Averbukh was named a Sochi 2014 Ambassador. A honorary diploma was presented to him by the President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko. Ilya Averbukh is the 37th person to join the team of Sochi 2014 Ambassadors.
Ilya Averbukh won a silver medal in figure skating at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, won gold at the world championships in 2002 and the European championships in 2003. The well-known figure skater is currently playing an active role in a number of projects being run by the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee.
New Sochi 2014 Ambassador Ilya Averbukh marked:
"I’m very pleased that the Sochi 2014 Olympic torches have been unveiled. We have lots of great events to look forward to in 2013. We’re getting closer and closer to the Sochi Games with each passing day and it's a great honor for me to become part of the team of Sochi 2014 Ambassadors. Together we will do everything in our power to spread the excitement of the Winter Olympic Games of 2014!”
During the Games in London, Ilya Averbukh enjoyed success with his ice show, "Sochi: small stories of a big city". The show which took place in Sochi.Park, featured six Olympic champions and 18 world champions, including Tatiana Navka and Roman Kostomarov, Aleksei Yagudin, Ilya Averbukh, Tatiana Totmyanina and Maksim Marinin. It was the first time that an ice show of such scale had been staged overseas. A total of over 12,000 spectators watched the show, which featured some of the biggest stars from the world of figure skating.
Notes to the editor
The Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee is successfully implementing the Sochi 2014 Ambassadors Program. The aim of the program is to promote the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Olympic and Paralympic values, the athletes taking part and encourage Russians to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
As part of the preparations for Russia's first ever Olympic Winter Games, hundreds of social events are taking place in education, the environment, culture and sustainability. The Sochi 2014 Ambassadors participate in hundreds of events organized by the Organizing Committee, which aims to leave behind a positive Olympic legacy for Russia.
The Sochi 2014 Ambassadors consist of recognized athletes, well-known figures in art and culture. These Ambassadors are all known and loved by millions of people. They are actively promoting the Sochi 2014 project and all the values accompanying it.