Yakutsk hosted a remarkable event, which is worthy not only for the sports community, but also for all connoisseurs of exotic and extreme sports, lovers of an active lifestyle. All this was accomplished thanks to people with amazing enthusiasm and spiritual impulses - the opening of a curling track on permafrost.
The curling track was opened by Minister of Sports of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Georgy Balakshin, Director of the Republican Specialized Junior Hockey School Vladimir Khisamutdinov and President of the Curling Federation of Yakutia Viktoria Lytkina.
The opening ceremony was attended by invited guests - Olga Shashlova, General Director of the Curling Federation of Russia; Galina Arsenkina, five-time Russian champion, European champion, member of the Russian Curling team. They presented diplomas of the Russian Olympic Committee for the contribution to the development of the Olympic movement and domestic curling to Minister of Sports of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Georgy Balakshin and to President of the Curling Federation of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Viktoria Lytkina.
"I express my gratitude to Grigory Maksimov, his team of ice sculptors who worked on the track, the ' Yakutia' Cluster Development Center, ‘The Kingdom of Permafrost’ ice gallery. Curling is a team sport, in fact, chess on ice. This is the logic, strategy and team spirit. And as a sport, it unites people - families, friends, colleagues, like-minded people. Established in 2016, the Yakut Curling Federation has managed to realize the dream of many athletes, to open a year-round track located in the thickest permafrost - this is really our victory, the victory of our team. As if the Land of Olonkho itself has blessed us for this sports. We really hope that a huge number of people will be interested in our track and our curling team will enter the world sports arena," said Viktoria Lytkina.
Curling is gaining increasing popularity among residents of Yakutsk of different ages. Even in remote rural areas there are fans of this Olympic sport, who make the curling stone of ice and go onto the ice in the spring and fall, having previously cleared it themselves. Having this opportunity to engage in curling fully and all year round, we can say with confidence that serious training and no less serious sports battles are ahead. In this regard, it is symbolic that the first stone of curling on permafrost was launched by Galina Arsenkina.