* President Arnold Rüütel made a phone call to Torino today after the Olympic award ceremony to congratulate Kristina Šmigun on her second gold medal. The Head of State congratulated the Olympic winner, her family and the whole team, and wished strength for the next competition.
On February 12, when Kristina Šmigun won her first Olympic gold medal, President Rüütel was in Torino where he followed the women's 15 km pursuit event and attended the ceremony of felicitations following the competition.
The President of the Republic stayed in Torino from February 10 to February 14 and followed the Olympic events where Estonian contestants participated. On February 10, President Rüütel attended the Opening Ceremony of the XX Olympic Winter Games, and met with Mario Boidi, Estonian Honorary Consul in Torino. While being in Torino and San Sicario, the Estonian head of state also met with the King of Norway, Prince Albert of Monaco, the presidents of Federal Republic of Germany, Czech Republic and the Republic of Latvia, as well as with the Prime Minister of the Republic of Finland.
On February 12, the President's schedule included the following events: the men's 20 km biathlon, the 15 km ........
...... individual Gundersen, the qualification round of the normal hill ski jumping, and a tour in the Olympic Village in the company of Manuela Di Centa, famous Italian cross country skier.
On February 12, President Rüütel attended beside the women's 15km pursuit also the men's 30km pursuit. On February 13, the Head of State attended the pairs free skating competition.
After the celebrations of the anniversary of the Republic of Estonia, the President of the Republic will invite the best Estonian winter sportspersons and their coaches to Kadriorg to thank them for their excellent results achieved during this season.
Public Relations Department of the Office of the President
Kadriorg, February 16, 2006