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Death of Russian Athlete Nikolai Khrenkov a 'Great Loss'

Published: June 3, 2014 (Issue # 1813)



  • Nikolai Khrenkov, who was killed in a car crash, was a two-time silver medalist at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton European Championship.
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Olympic bobsledder Nikolai Khrenkov was killed in a car crash in the Krasnoyarsk region on Monday.

Khrenkov, 29, was traveling from Krasnoyarsk to Zheleznogorsk to visit his parents when his Honda Accord was involved in a head-on collision with another car, the regional government said on its website.

The driver of the second vehicle was also killed in the accident, the statement added.

“Nikolai [Khrenkov] was a real professional and a great athlete,” Alexei Voyevoda, his teammate on the Russian national bobsleigh team, told The Moscow Times on Monday. “He didn’t fear death. He lived life at its fullest, enjoying every moment. His death is a great loss.”

Russia's Sports Ministry also released a statement on its website, offering its condolences to Khrenkov's friends and relatives.

Khrenkov was a two-time silver medalist at the Bobsleigh and Skeleton European Championship and took part in the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi Olympic Games.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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