The message reads, in part:
“You have represented Russia in these important competitions with honour and have for the first time secured the top spot in the unofficial medal standings, winning 59 medals overall, including 29 gold ones.
This triumph is an important contribution to promoting Russia’s international reputation as a strong sporting country and evidence that Russian regions have raised an entire generation of young and talented athletes capable of fighting for the top spots both in the sports that Russia traditionally excels in and those that have only recently been included in the Olympic programme.
Thanks to the joint efforts of the entire friendly and tight-knit team of athletes, coaches and specialists you have managed to achieve such a notable result and the desired top spots in the Olympics. This is a well-earned reward for your hard work, consistency and amazing skill. We are sincerely proud that the Russian anthem played many times to honour our champions in rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, swimming, cycling, shooting, taekwondo, judo, breakdancing, freestyle wrestling, beach volleyball and boxing.”