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2014-02-28 11:26

LUXURY MERC FOR A 15-YEAR-OLD: Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev chats with with Olympic figure-skater Julia Lipnitskaia in her new Mercedes-Benz GL. Image: AP

MOSCOW, Russia - Russia, host of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, gave the equivalent of R1.2-million and a Mercedes to each of its gold medallists - even a 15-year-old figure-skater.

She also got a personal driver.

Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev handed over the keys to 45 new Mercedes-Benz SUV's and a the substantial cash prize to each of the country's Olympic medallists.


Gold medallists received R1.2-million and a Merc decorated with the Russian Olympic team livery. Figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia (15) received a GL and a personal driver.

Silver medalists received R813 000 and a Mercedes-Benz ML, bronze winners were rewarded with R556 000 and a Mercedes GLK.

Russia won a Sochi-leading total of 33 medals - 13 golds, 11 silver and nine bronze. The vehicles were provided by the Russian Olympians Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation

Russian athletes who won medals in the 2012 London Olympic Games were each given an Audi.

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