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Prime Minister thanked the successful Estonian skiers of the Vancouver Olympics

13. April 2010 - 20:17

Stenbock House, 13 April 2010 – Today, Prime Minister Andrus Ansip met with the successful Estonian skiers of the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics – Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Andrus Veerpalu, Jaak Mae, and Mati Alaver, the head coach of Estonian men’s skiing team – to congratulate the athletes, their coaches, parents and loved ones for the commitment that led to great results.

“Thank you for the fame and glory that you have earned for Estonia,” said the Prime Minister to the Olympic team and their loved ones on the celebratory event that was held in Stenbock House.

The Prime Minister expressed special gratitude to the husbands, wives and loved ones of the Olympic team for their support that has made it possible for the athletes to concentrate on their beloved area. “The amount of commitment that professional sport requires often goes unnoticed. It is the result of very hard work, and such commitment to one’s calling would not be possible without the support of parents, husbands and wives,” said Ansip.

According to the Prime Minister, Estonia is very lucky to have such people who have brought fame to the state and are an example for so many. “I am sure that there are many young people who have discovered sports thanks to your leading example, and might even bring home Olympic medals one day,” said Ansip. The Prime Minister expressed his conviction that following the example set by the Olympic team has contributed to the increase of the average life expectancy of Estonians. “The increase in life expectancy is dependant on lifestyle. As long as we have people like you to look up to, it is a great example for us to follow in shaping our ways of life,” said Ansip.

The celebratory event was attended by Andrus Veerpalu, Anti and Aino Veerpalu, Jaak and Jana Mae, Mart Mae and Elle Mae. Also present were Kristina Šmigun-Vähi, Kristjan-Thor Vähi, Anatoli and Rutt Šmigun and Mati Alaver and Raili Alaver.

Photos of the meeting http://www.valitsus.ee/redirect/223