By the order of the National Guard Troops Federal Service of the Russian Federation, Olympic champion First lieutenant Alexander Bolshunov and silver medalist of the Beijing Olympics First lieutenant Denis Spitsov were promoted to the «Captain» military rank. The corresponding order was signed by the Director of the National Guard Troops Federal Service of the Russian Federation – Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard Troops of the Russian Federation, Army General Viktor Zolotov.
Taking into account the high athletic performance achived by the servicemen of the National Guard Troops First lieutenats A.Bolshunov and D.Spitsov, which allowed Russia to capture world leadership in skiing, the next military rank of «Captain» was promoted to them in advance.
On Sunday, February 6, 2022, the highly qualified sports instructor of the sports team under the Directorate of the Ural District of the National Guard Troops, Honored Master of Sports of Russia in cross-country skiing Alexander Bolshunov at the skiathlon competition brought the first gold medal to the Russian team at the Beijing Olympics. Alexander Bolshunov is a unique Russian skier who is the four-time Olympic medalist in 2018, the multiple-time world champion, the two-time winner of the Big Crystal Globe and Tour de Ski, and finally the three-time winner of the Small Crystal Globe in the World Cup distance standings.
Sports instructor of the highest qualification of the sports team under the Directorate of the Volga District of the National Guard Troops. Honored Master of Sports of Russia in cross-country skiing, multiple winner of Russian and world champiomships Denis Spitsov won the Beijing Olympic silver in skiathlon.
Army General Viktor Zolotov congratulated the Rosguard First lieutenats Alexander Bolshunov and Denis Spitsov on their victory in the bitter struggle for Olympic medals,emphasizing that, being the best on the planet in their sport, they serve as the real role models for the servicemen and the employees of Rosguard who support them throughout the country.