The official website of the National Olympic Committee of Armenia continues the project, “Road to Rio”, before the start of the 31st Rio Summer Olympic Games where it will tell about the athletes representing Armenia at the Olympics, and their photos made by photographer Hakob Berberyan specially for the “Road to Rio” project.
The next hero of our project is Greco-Roman wrestling team member Artur Aleksanyan (98kg). Artur is from Gyumri. He was born in 1991. The best Armenian athlete of the last two years is also one of the best athletes in the world in his weight class. Aleksanyan is a two-time world and a three-time European champion.
At the London Olympic Games the Armenian wrestler satisfied with a bronze medal. One of the most titular athletes of the Armenian wrestling school doesn’t like giving interviews, he likes playing football and has a sense of humor characteristic of Gyumri people. Many experts have high expectations of gold for Aleksanyan at these Olympic Games. He is known as the “White bear” among his fans.
-What mascot are you going to take with you to the Olympics?
- The only thing that is always with me is my cross. It is with me everywhere.
-Whom would you like to see with you or among spectators?
-My friends but they will accompany and support me during the Olympics.
-Whom are you going to share your success first with?
-First of all, I will share it with those who will be happy for me, especially with the Armenian nation.
-Please, describe the Olympic Games in three words.
-The main sporting event for me and a goal to conquer a gold medal.
-How would you like these Olympics to be remembered?
Wrestler: Maxim Manukyan
Boxers: Narek Abgaryan
Official partner – Ucom
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