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See how Russia rewards its champions athletes...

Last updated on: February 28, 2014 09:48 IST

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Life is only going to get better for Russian medalists at the Sochi Winter Games! They were rewarded with cash and a new luxury SUV.

The Winter Olympics hosts, which topped the medal table in Sochi, presented its 13 gold medal winners and 20 other podium finishers luxury SUVs on Thursday.


Image: Adelina Sotnikova of Russia won a gold in Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program.
Photographs: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

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"If we put it straight, there has been no such event in the contemporary history of our country which would so much consolidate our nation, our people," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told athletes at the handover ceremony, held near the Kremlin.

"You gave us this feeling of pride; you didn't do it on an ordinary day, but rather when the Olympic Games were held in our country."


Image: Adelina Sotnikova with her new SUV
Photographs: Courtesy: Adelina Sotnikova/instagram

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Russia won 13 gold, 11 silver and nine bronze medals at the Games, which ended on Sunday.

President Vladimir Putin staked his political reputation to hold a successful Games, aimed to show the world the modern face of Russia and boost patriotic sentiment.

The Kremlin chief handed state awards to the athletes in Sochi saying that they have "accomplished the mission" assigned to them.


Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin walks through the arena after the Flower Ceremony for the Team Figure Skating.
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The cars were provided by Russia's Olympic athletes' support fund, an entity chaired by Medvedev, which has senior officials and billionaires on its supervisory board.

The Russian Winter Olympics winners in Turin got Toyota and Lexus cars in 2006, and Audi vehicles after the Games in Vancouver in 2010.


Image: Gold medalist Alexander Legkov of Russia.
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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The Sochi Games won praise from the International Olympic Committee officials and there were no major security incident, despite fears following suicide bombings in southern Russia in December, blamed on insurgents based in the adjacent North Caucasus restive region.


Image: Russian fans enjoy the action at the Games
Photographs: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

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