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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Medalists Promoted




MOSCOW -- Many Russian medalists at the Nagano Winter Olympics received military promotions Wednesday from Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev, a spokesman for the army sports club CSKA said.


Vladimir Mamchur said those receiving promotions included three-time cross-country skiing gold medalist, Larisa Lazutina, who moved up to lieutenant from noncommissioned officer.


Yelena Vyalbe, who won a cross-country gold medal and took five world championship golds last year, was promoted from captain to major. Galina Kukleva, a biathlon gold medalist in Nagano, was made a lieutenant.