On March 7th, 2001, the town of Newington, CT paid special tribute to Alexei Yagudin and Canadian Ice Dancers Bourne & Kraatz. Not only did the Vice Mayor congratulate them on their Olympic efforts, but they were welcomed "home" as members of the community.
The congratulatory ceremony took place at the CT International Skating Center, which is where Alexei has been training for almost 2 years. Both before and after the ceremony, Alexei, Shae-Lynne & Victor were available for photo ops and autographs.
The AYWFF President was able to present a plaque to Alexei, which was engraved in gold, with the following -
Figure Skating's Brightest Star
Congratulations On Your 2002
Olympic Gold Medal Win
The banner also made its debut at this event. Special thanks goes out to the CISC crew for displaying it in a suitably conspicuous place.
Your AYWFF Banner! Thank you Mr. Lobanov and E-Z Signs for a job well done!
AYWFF Prez with Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz
AYWFF President presents plaque to Alexei