MINSK, 2 June (BelTA) - President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Belarus Viktor Lukashenko has congratulated Ekaterina Karsten, a two-time Olympic rowing champion, on her birthday, the NOC press service told BelTA.
Viktor Lukashenko emphasized that her unschooled talent, determination and many years of hard work helped the athlete to win the most important awards. “For many years, starting from 1996, you graced the podium at top-level tournaments of the highest level. Winning the first Olympic gold in the history of the sovereign Belarus you have forever inscribed your name in the history of the national and world sport. Your activity as a coach in our country also deserves profound respect,” the message of greetings runs.
According to the NOC president, Ekaterina Karsten's brilliant victories have been the best guidance not only for the modern generation of Belarusian rowers but also for representatives of other sports.
Ekaterina Karsten won champion titles at the Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta and the Sydney Games in 2000. She is also a silver and two-time bronze medalist of the Olympic Games. The Belarusian won 16 medals at World Championships, including six golds. In 2008 Ekaterina Karsten became the first holder of the Order of the Fatherland in the history of Belarus.