Russia’s first Olympic gold

Islambek Albiev, Russian Olympic Champion in Greco Roman wrestling

1988 - Born in Grozny
2007 - Begins his studies, Russian State University of Physical Education, Sport and Tourism
2008 - Olympic Champion in Greco Roman wrestling, Beijing

Mikhail Mamiashvili, President, Russian Wrestling Federation

1963 - Born in Ukraine
1983 - World Champion in wrestling
1985 - World Champion in wrestling
1985 - Winner, SuperCup, Tokyo
1986 - European Wrestling Champion
1986 - World Champion in wrestling
1986 - Holder of the Gold Belt, International Wrestling Federation 
1988 - European Wrestling Champion
1988 - Holder of the Gold Belt, International Wrestling Federation 
1988 - Olympic Champion in wrestling
1989 - European Wrestling Champion
1991 - Head coach, CIS Greco Roman Wrestling Olympic Team
1992 - Head coach, Russian Greco Roman Wrestling Team
1995 - Vice President, Russian Wrestling Federation
1997 - President, Russian Wrestling Federation
1998 - Head, Central Sports Army Club (CSKA)
1998 - Member, International Wrestling Federation Executive Committee
2000 - Member, Russian Olympic Committee Executive Committee

Today we will talk about the Olympic Games in Beijing. The performance of the Russian team was not as good as was expected. The Russians won 20 medals fewer than they did four years ago in Athens. Our athletes completely failed in swimming and gymnastics. But wrestling remains the sport where Russians proved thay are still the strongest. The guests in the studio today are the President of the Russian Wrestling Federation, Mikhail Mamiashvili, and the wrestler who brought his country its first gold at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Islambek Albiev.