Russian Olympic synchronised swimming stars become Laureus Ambassadors
January 10, 2013 – Three of the greatest synchronised swimmers in the world – Russia’s Elvira Khasyanova, Daria Korobova and Anzhelika Timanina – have become the latest Ambassadors for the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
The three brilliant swimmers were all members of the highly successful Russian synchronized swimming squad which won the Olympic team gold medal in London.
Elvira Khasyanova is one of the greats of Russian synchronised swimming and won Olympic gold medals in 2004 and 2008 as well as 2012. A member of the national team since 1999, she was also in five world championship winning squads. She announced her retirement in November 2012.
Daria Korobova and Anzhelika Timanina were members of the nine-strong squad for the team event which thrilled spectators in London with a free routine which featured acrobatic flips and ballerina-like pirouettes.
On their appointment, Daria said: “It is a great honour to be an Ambassador for an organisation like Laureus that uses sport to help young people. I really look forward to getting to work.”
The Laureus Ambassadors are a select group of current and retired sportsmen and sportswomen, who, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.
On welcoming the swimmers into the Laureus family, Academy Member Alexey Nemov said: “I am delighted that Anzhelika, Daria and Elvira have made a commitment to Laureus by becoming Laureus Ambassadors. The work of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation is just getting going and I am very excited about the future. I am delighted that such great people will be there to help.”