Paralympic athlete and YUSU student Mikhail Slinkin has made it to the top 10 in the banked slalom discipline, having performed at the XII Winter Paralympic Games in PyeongChang 2018. In a delegation with other Russian Paralympic athletes, he visited the Moscow Kremlin to meet President Vladimir Putin, who awarded the Games winners and medalists with government decorations. In their turn, the athletes granted the Russian leader a sweater with a patriotic motto printed on it and a national flag.

"I am very happy I made it to the top 10 in my second banked slalom run at the 2018 PyeongChang Games," Mikhail commented on his Paralympic appearance. "I would like to thank my coaching staff, who helped us prepare for major races of the quadrennium. I am very grateful to my personal coach Nikita Kovalenko, my family and every staff member of the Ugra Center for Adaptive Sports for their support. My special thanks go to Maksim Barbin, our best serviceman at the Paralympics. We are now anticipating another four years of hard work to represent Russia at the next Winter Games."

Despite having qualified for the Games as Neutral Paralympic Athletes (NPA), Russia finished second in the overall medal standing, securing 24 medals with 8 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze.

English version by Azat Garipov.

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