MOSCOW - On a light day of competition Wednesday, the U.S. delegation made the most of a free afternoon by attending a special reception hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, and the USA Track & Field Foundation.
Approximately 75 members of Team USA and 75 members of the Russian delegation and more than 100 of track and field’s glitterati gathered at Spaso House, the ambassador’s home, for a special reception honoring the legacies of both teams.
Among the attendees were National Track & Field Hall of Famers Edwin Moses
and Maurice Greene
, Team USA medalists and record holders Ashton Eaton
, David Oliver
, Ryan Wilson
, Nick Symmonds
and Aries Merritt
; USATF President and Chair Stephanie Hightower
and USATF CEO Max Siegel
; Team USA head coaches Beth Alford-Sullivan
and Mike Holloway
; USOC CEO Scott Blackmun
; and Eugene Kaspersky
of Kaspersky Lab, who provided the USATF Foundation support to host the event.
Athletes from both teams exchanged gifts, and Ambassador McFaul, Hightower and Russian federation president Valentin Balachnikov
made remarks to approximately 300 people on hand for the event.
“Your athletic achievements are remarkable and we all stand in awe of your talents, dedication, and hard work,” McFaul said. “You represent the very best of your country and we are proud of your accomplishments. We know that you did not get here alone and I would like to thank the coaches and trainers, parents and supporters, staff and administrators who work with USA Track & Field and other federations to ensure that these athletes can excel and perform to the very best of their abilities.”
“Moscow is a beautiful city, and it has been a wonderful setting for these World Championships,” Hightower said. “We are all honored to be guests of the federation and of Russia. “We are rivals on the track but friends here in Moscow.”
To view photos from the reception, visit the Team USA visits the Ambassador’s House gallery on USATF’s Facebook page.