Kirsan Ilyumzhinov congratulates Irina Rodnina on her anniversary

Ex-figure skater Irina Rodnina, who performed in pair skating, celebrated her 70th birthday on 12 September. She won gold at the 1972 Olympic Games in Sapporo in a duet with Alexei Ulanov. Together with Alexander Zaitsev she was the winner of Innsbruck-1976 and Lake Placid-1980. She also is a ten-time world champion and eleven-time European champion.

Thanks to her achievements, Rodnina entered the Guinness Book of Records as an athlete who did not suffer a single defeat in tournaments. After completing her sports career in 1980, the figure skater worked as a coach first in the USSR and since 1990 in the USA. In 2002, she returned to Russia, where she decided to pursue a political career. Rodnina is currently a deputy of the State Duma.
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov conveyed congratulations to Irina Rodnina. It reads as follows:


“Dear Irina Konstantinovna! On this wonderful day, I want to heartily congratulate you on your birthday! You are the undisputed pride of our country.

You are one of the most beautiful legends of Russian sports. For many generations of athletes, you will forever remain the clearest example of selfless service to your cause and our people.
On your birthday, I wish you, dear Irina Konstantinovna, good health, all the best  and prosperity. May your life be filled with joy and many bright events. ”