The message reads, in part:
“You have gone down in the history of national and world sports as an outstanding athlete and winner of the most covetable awards and titles. All your unique victories and achievements and your unbeatable Olympic records are a great contribution to the development of the national speed skating school. You are a commendable role model for the younger generation.
Your participation in the opening ceremony of the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi was yet another unforgettable page in the story of your life.”