On February 28, the winners of the 2018 Olympics received awards for winning the Games. The awarding ceremony was held in the Kremlin, they were presented by Vladimir Putin.
Later on the same day in the Government House, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev handed the keys to the sportsmen for BMW cars. As reported by TASS, the gold medalists were awarded 26 SUV BMW X6, silver – 13 BMW X5, and bronze – seven BMW X4.
On March 1, the president of the Russian Federation of figure skating, Alexander Gorshkov, said that the athletes who won prizes at the Olympics in Pyeongchang received only the BMW X4 and X5, and the BMW X6 was not among the award-winning cars.
In fact, they got X5 and X4. I did not see X6 there.
Gold medalist Alina Zagitova confirmed to “Interfax” that she received X5. Figure skater Evgeny Medvedev, who received silver, said that she received X4.
Where did the information about the delivery of the BMW X6 come from?
On February 28, RIA Novosti, referring to a source in Kaliningrad Avtotor, which produces cars, said that the winners of the Olympics will receive BMW cars of Russian origin. This information TASS confirmed the representative of the enterprise Sergei Lugovoy. On the same day, Interfax reported that the gold medalists will receive the BMW X6 without reference to the sources.
Olympians will receive cars BMW X4, X5 and X6. All of them left the conveyor of Kaliningrad’s Avtotor. These are the usual production cars of different configurations, not the easiest.
Lugovoy said that cars are not a special order for the Olympians – the plant carries out centralized deliveries, and the Russian Olympians Support Fund acquired them from a BMW office in Moscow.
On the same day, the radio station “Says Moscow”, referring to the listener, published a video from a car dealership allegedly containing cars destined for the Olympics.
The RT edition published photographs of cars, on which instead of license plates there were plates with the names of athletes.
Российским олимпийцам по итогам Игр-2018 в Пхенчхане вручат автомобили BMW. Золотым призерам достанутся кроссоверы-флагманы X6, серебряным — X5, а бронзовым — X4. Кроме того, победители и призеры получат денежные премии. pic.twitter.com/NV1RoLov7Z
— Москва 24 (@infomoscow24) February 27, 2018
Подарки уже готовы! pic.twitter.com/orzFVfc1HQ
— Роман Бабаян (@robabayan) February 27, 2018
What they really gave
The Russian Olympians Support Fund denied the information that the Russian champions of the Olympics in Pyeongchang relied on the BMW X6. A representative of the fund told RNS .
So everything was originally conceived. Most likely, some information passed, but she obviously did not go from us.
Representatives of BMW also denied the information that the Olympic prize-winners will be presented with BMW X6.
Holders of gold medals have received from the Support Fund of the Russian Olympians BMW X5 xDrive30d. The silver prizewinners were handed the keys to the BMW X4 xDrive30d, and the bronze ones were given the BMW X4 xDrive20d. In all, 46 BMW cars were presented to the winners.