Yelena Isinbaeva: “Let’s place Every Child on the Pedestal”
By Viacheslav TikhomirovMOSCOW, Russian Federation, 9 April 2012 - World champion, one of the greatest athletes in the world Yelena Isinbaeva speaking from Monaco, where she trains for the Olympics-2012 has stated that she supports UNICEF activities in the Russian Federation. Yelena Isinbaeva: "I am so happy to be back to competition and able to break new records. Like many of you I have been very saddened by tragic events affecting our youths recently, and they are very much in my mind when I train and throughout my day. If I perform so well today it is due to a re-newed determination and energy, which come from the love and support from my parents, my friends, my coach and my fans. I realize I was so lucky from the first years of my life to be surrounded by love and care of my parents, family and friends, and I feel that. I believe every child in Russia should deserve the same. This is why, as I get back to the top of my form, I have also decided to support the great work of UNICEF in the Russian Federation, to protect and develop the best resource our great country has- its children and adolescents! Together with UNICEF I'm asking all of us to place every child on the pedestal. To my teenage boys and girls fans, let me tell you one thing: you are all beautiful and you have so much resource in you - don't let anyone shatter your dreams... and write to me, I would love to hear from you!" Yelena Isinbaeva is one of the greatest athletes of her generation, having set incredible 28 world records, two Olympic titles and won nine straight gold medals in indoor and outdoor championships since breaking through in 2004. She has been selected IAAF World Athlete of the Year in three of the last five years and world sportswoman of the year in 2007 and 2009. Yelena is very famous athlete, she has hundreds of thousands fans in many counties, including Russia. Yelena trains now to participate Olympics-2012. UNICEF welcomes Ms. Isinbaeva's support to children and the Organization and hopes it will bring her new records and the Olympic gold medals.