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Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin


Our gifts to the champions

By Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin, Friday December 16, 2016
Jan Egoryan: two-time Olympic champion (2016) in the individual and team sabre fencing championship.

Jan Egoryan: two-time Olympic champion (2016) in the individual and team sabre fencing championship. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin

We have long wanted to give our works to our heroes. Typically, the turmoil of competitions and especially the tight Olympic schedule do not offer such opportunity, and then it is difficult to find the athletes or bring them together in one place. So, photographers often feel they’re hunting for rare animals. The Olympic Champions Ball in the Moscow Manezh became the perfect place.

Surprisingly, every time we spoke with athletes, we were told that they had no photos of their victories – it is strange, but true. Many of them are our friends, and we knew that they would be pleased to receive such gifts, and for us, chronicler of their victories, it was an easy thing to do.

We decided to prepare this gift for all the Rio 2016 Olympic champions. Each athlete came up to say hello, received an unexpected present, and many couldn’t believe the tradition never existed before.

It was a wonderful idea to choose the Olympic Champions Ball, when all athletes were smiling in beautiful suits and evening dresses. And it was wonderful to take photos of the athletes without the stress and pressure they experienced during the competitions, capturing the most important moments of their careers. At the same time we were happy to give them the best photos as mementos of their time in Brazil. We hope that this good tradition will continue and our athletes will have more pictures of their victories.

A tradition worthy of lasting respect!

Olympic champions in wrestling: Soslan Ramonov and Roman Vlasov.

Olympic champions in wrestling: Soslan Ramonov and Roman Vlasov. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin

Yana Kudryavtseva: Olympic silver medalist in the rhythmic gymnastics individual championship.

Yana Kudryavtseva: Olympic silver medalist in the rhythmic gymnastics individual championship. © Andrey Golovanov and Sergey Kivrin