Two-time world champion in snowboard, World Cup winner in parallel disciplines, Honored Master of Sports Ms. Ekaterina TUDEGESHEVA became guest of honor at the 1st Winter Children of Asia International Sports Games.

The famous athlete came to the island to open snowboard competitions.

— Many thanks to a coach and the Chairman of the Sakhalin Snowboard Federation Olga ZHELTOVA for the invitation. I knew about the first winter children starts in Sakhalin from her. Before that, I had known only about the summer games and immediately agreed to come to the winter ones, — said the guest. This is a unique historic event, and it is a great honor for me to be here. I suppose it’s very important to hold such events. I believe that they arouse interest in the island and it’s great that the Sakhalin Region took advantage of this unique opportunity to host such a large-scale event. I’m sure its legacy will be huge.

Even though the champion is for the first time in Sakhalin, she immediately noticed a large number of sports facilities:

— The abundance of sports infrastructure immediately catches the eye, it’s everywhere and everything is within the city. I was very impressed with Gorniy Vozdukh. I liked its modern cableway, well prepared ski trails. I wanted to try the ski resort, its slopes and terrain and I am very glad that I’ve managed it, — said the athlete. There are all doors opened for holding such competitions. If I were a child now, I would dream to participate in the Children of Asia Games. If it was possible, I would be on cloud nine. There wasn‘t such an opportunity in my childhood. Now children are very lucky that they can take part in such starts. As to organization, they are like the World Cup and the Olympics.


The champion added that even though the athletes are young they perform just as adults.

— The battle on the slopes is very interesting, the athletes are in a fighting mood. I was very pleased and impressed with that. I did not expect to see such a high level of skill among the guys, — summarized Ms. Ekaterina TUDEGESHEVA.