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Russian tycoon gets romantic at Sochi Games

Gold medalists Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov pose during the medal ceremony of the figure skating pairs free skating program at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics February 13, 2014. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

SOCHI, Russia: Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, a gold-winning pair on ice and an item off stage, got a Valentine from an unlikely source this year: a Russian tycoon.

After winning gold in figure skating on Wednesday, Volosozhar and Trankov said Friday they plan to stay in Sochi and train a young generation of skaters. Hours after the announcement, tycoon Viktor Vekselberg responded with a Valentine.

"If they decide to stay with us at Azimut, we will give them our best apartment in Sochi as a gift today, on the St. Valentine's Day," Vekselberg said in an emailed statement.

The tycoon's investment vehicle has built a luxury spa hotel just outside the Olympic park that is hosting spectators and journalists during the games.

 

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