POSTED: September 8th 2011

Sochi 2014: Olesya Vladykina in London for Paralympic Day

Olesya Vladykin took the gold in the women's breaststroke in Beijing 2008 / Sochi 2014
Olesya Vladykin took the gold in the women's breaststroke in Beijing 2008 / Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Olesya Vladykina is in London today to promote the Sochi 2014 Paralympics in her role as Paralympic athlete ambassador for the Russian winter Games.

The Paralympic swimming champion is presenting a series of films depicting Sochi’s dedication to the Paralympic Games. The first film will be a biographical sketch on herself and the second will be about shot put and discus thrower, Aleksey Ashapatov, who is a Russian Paralympic champion and Beijing 2008 record-breaker.

Sochi ceo Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, “The Paralympic Games are a very special event for our country and we hope that they will help change the attitude of Russian people towards disability. Furthermore, we would like to play a central role in contributing to a more accessible environment.”

Sochi has already developed a number of initiatives for Paralympic Awareness programs and to note is an “Accessibility Map” demonstrating barrier-free access to the Paralympic areas in the city.

The Sochi organizers also have announced that they will be hosting the European Paralympic Committee in Moscow 23rd - and 24th September for their General Assembly.

Keywords · Sochi 2014 · Olesya Vladykina · Dmitry Chernyshenko · Aleksey Ashapatov

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