“Artek is proud!”: children thank and support the Russian team in Beijing
Artek residents joined the All-Russian campaign “We know. We love. We support” in support of the Russian team at the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing. The participants of the shift “Navigators of the book seas” drew bright pictures and conveyed good wishes to everyone who is now defending the honor of the country in China. Also, in gratitude to the athletes, Artek organized a flash mob. Children and counselors on the iconic playgrounds of the children’s center lined up in a huge living inscription «Artek is proud!». To show our athletes that the whole country believes in them and greets every medal with glee, Artek residents took part in the “We Know. We love. We support.» The action is organized by the Ministry of Sports of Russia and supported by the Ministry of Education of Russia.
Russian athletes are the pride of the country. Let today, as at all times, they motivate young people to strive for new heights! Today, by their deeds, Artek residents demonstrate that the citizens of our country perceive all domestic athletes as a single cohesive team representing Russia , — quotes the press service of Artek director Konstantin Fedorenko.
“I admire you!”, “Thank you for the motivation to move forward!”, “Artek” is with you!” – these are the messages the children put into their drawings. Creative works were dedicated to everyone who defends the honor of the country at the Olympics in China. And especially to athletes who have already won medals in the treasury of the national team. Skiers Alexander Bolshunov, Natalya Nepryaeva and Denis Spitsov, freestyler Anastasia Smirnova, luger Tatyana Ivanova, freestyler Ilya Burov, teams of biathletes, skaters, figure skaters are examples of fortitude, stamina, will to win and professionalism, Artek believes. The guys call Russian athletes their heroes and promise to look up to them in all aspirations.
Artek residents warmly support their peers, unique figure skaters Anna Shcherbakova, Alexandra Trusova and Kamila Valieva, who have shown incredible talent and fortitude in competitions. The guys wish them Olympic endurance, faith in themselves and in sports, new awards.
The country is watching the success of our athletes, and they need our support more than anyone else. I hope our drawings will help them to lift their spirits, victorious spirit, and they will succeed , — says Ekaterina Moskaleva, Kinel (Samara region).
The Olympic Games in Beijing gave the Russians many happy, exciting moments. In gratitude to the athletes, Artek launched a flash mob. Children and counselors on the iconic, picturesque sites of Artek lined up in a huge living inscription “Artek is proud!”. The event rallied the children and gave the younger generation the opportunity to appreciate their homeland even more.
The tradition of supporting Olympians appeared in Artek in 1956 the year when the Olympics were held in Melbourne. Then the young fans united in the club «Olympia» and sent a telegram to the athletes of the XVI Olympic Games. Since then, Artek residents have been supporting Russian athletes in all important international competitions: organizing fan zones, launching flash mobs, sending video messages, letters and postcards.
photo: press service of ICC «Artek»