Andrei Vasilevskiy: I said there’s no way back

The coach and the captain of Russian deaf hockey team have shared their emotions after the final game of the tournament.

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The coach of Russian team Andrei Vasilevskiy: We feel both tired and happy. In the changing room I said to our guys that today will be struggling as if it was a war. Frankly speaking, I was feeling very nervous today. We dedicate these medals to the 70th anniversary of our victory in WWII.

The captain of Russian team Stanislav Ilichyov: It was our old dream to win on the Deaflympics, but we were not lucky enough. Both in 2003 and in 2007 we were very close to winning the Games. But we are a single team and we managed to win the World Championship in Finland and now we won the Winter Deaflympics. That’s because we are playing like one team.  We wanted to show it to everybody, especially in the game with Canada. I can’t explain how hard we were trying. Thanks to everybody for this victory and for the support!

 

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