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Kazakhstan NOC President Kulibayev lauds historic figure skating medal won by Tursynbaeva

Date : 25 Mar 2019

Astana, Kazakhstan, March 25, 2019: Timur Kulibayev, President of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, congratulated figure skater Elizabet Tursynbaeva for her historic silver medal at the World Championships in Saitama, Japan.

The 19-year-old Tursynbaeva became the first woman from Kazakhstan to win a medal at the World Championships in figure skating. And she won the silver in style, landing the first ever quadruple salchow in women’s competition. Russia’s 2018 Winter Olympics champion Alina Zagitova, 16, won the gold.

“On behalf of the National Olympic Committee of Kazakhstan, from all the fans in the country and on my own behalf, I congratulate you on the silver medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Japan,” President Kulibayev wrote.

“Many Kazakhstani sports fans watched with bated breath your performance and witnessed a historic medal in women’s free skating. You have demonstrated a desire to win and fortitude.

“I am sure that your achievement will go forever go down in the history of figure skating in our country and will become an incentive for the development of sports in Kazakhstan. I wish you good health, success and new victories,” Kulibayev added.

Tursynbaeva had dedicated her performance to compatriot Denis Ten who was tragically killed in a carjacking attempt last July. Ten won a bronze medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, becoming the first and only Kazakhstan athlete to win an Olympic medal in figure skating.

During her routine, Tursynbaeva performed a touching act in dedication of Ten.

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