Orenburg Gazovik trainee Dmitry Kulikov becomes Judo Champion of Russia
PR and Media Relations Service, Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg
Dmitry Kulikov, a trainee of the Children and Youth Sports School of the Gazovik Cultural and Sports Palace is the first Orenburg citizen to have become the Judo Champion of Russia.
The Russian Judo Championship was held in Saint Petersburg. There were over 50 sportsmen in Dmitry’s weight category that is up to 60 kilograms.
On his way to the finals the Orenburg citizen came out victorious 4 times. In the decisive battle Kulikov faced Roman Gorshenin from Izhevsk who had previously overcame Ervand Mgdsyan, 2012 Champion of Russia. During the third minute of the finals Dmitry Kulikov executed a throw for Ippon, thus gaining a flawless victory.
“I had youth and junior medals, and this is my first adult medal, which is gold right away,” said Dmitry. “I was preparing for the Saint Petersburg competition emotionally. All sportsmen try entering the Russian Championship in a top physical condition, whereas mental approach is a problem for many of them. My coach and me placed our bets on this aspect and didn’t go wrong.”
Dmitry Kulikov is trained by Igor Terskov, Chief Coach of the Gazovik Children and Youth Sports School, Honored Coach of the Russian Federation. The School is financially supported by Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg.
Gazprom Dobycha Orenburg is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Gazprom, mainly focused on production, treatment and transmission of hydrocarbon feedstock. The company comprises ten structural units, including Europe’s largest gas processing plant as well as the only helium plant in the Russian Federation.
The ISO 14001:2004 environmental management system is introduced at the company that employs more than 10 thousand people.
There are 430 trainees in the judo section of the Children and Youth Sports School of the Gazovik Cultural and Sports Palace. In the course of 30 years (the School has been working since the opening of the Gazovik Cultural and Sports Palace in Orenburg in 1983) the coaches of the section prepared two Masters of Sport of international grade – Mikhail Machin and Irina Uymanova and 28 Masters of Sport. The trainees have become winners and awardees of European and World competitions eight times.