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Russian Sochi Olympic medalists get Mercedes Benz cars from government

Snapshot: A total of 45 Mercedes Benz SUVs were gifted to Team Russia.

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Host nation of the 2014 Winter Olympics Russia, racked up the most overall medals in the recently concluded event in Sochi. However, their medalists weren’t quite done receiving their respective awards. In addition to the 1,20,000 USD being handed out to each gold medal, the 76,000 USD being awarded for silvers and 52,000 USD given to bronze winners, it is now understood that each Russian medal holder has been awarded with a brand new Mercedes Benz. 

Russia finished a wildly successful home Olympics, which closed on Sunday, at the top of the medal table with 13 golds, 11 silver and 9 bronze for a historic high tally of 33. In a ceremony at Vasilevsky Spusk, next to Red Square, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev congratulated 44 medalists and distributed the keys of three classes of Mercedes Benz SUVs. The gold medalists got a new GL-Class, the silver medalists were given an ML-Class and the bronze medalists were treated to a GLK. Russian Olympians’ Foundation - a consortium established by Russian businessman in 2005 handed over a total of 45 cars to Team Russia.  

Russia exceeded all expectations by topping the medal table for the first time in 20 years. In the process, it laid to rest the failure of Vancouver, when it won just three golds in a performance universally denounced as a national disaster.

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