Liverpool fans win medals at Sochi

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Kissing the Crest ©Kjetil Jansrud/Twitter

Kissing the Crest © Kjetil Jansrud/Twitter

Two international Liverpool FC supporters have taken home medals at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia over the weekend.

Norwegian Alpine Skier, Kjetil Jansrud, won bronze in the men’s downhill event. In his Twitter bio, the Olympian claims to be: “Alpine Skier and Liverpool fan. In reverse order.”

He tweeted a photograph of himself in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday following the club’s 5-1 victory over Arsenal, kissing the club crest with the caption: “You’ll Never Walk Alone #SochiAnfield.”

The skier requested eight as his competitor number the event on Sunday, the same as his LFC hero, Steven Gerrard. In a conversation with the Steven Gerrard Foundation, Jansrud tweeted: “…Keep on inspiring us. #YNWA”

This was the athlete’s second Olympic success as he won silver in the men’s slalom at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

The official LFC Twitter sent a message which said: “Congratulations to fanatical #LFC fan @Kjansrud who won bronze in today’s downhill race in Sochi! @LFCNorwegian.”

The club followed an hour later with a tweet, congratulating “another passionate #LFC supporter”, Polish skier, Kamil Soch, who won a gold medal in the normal hill ski jumping event.

This was the third Winter Olympics for the 26-year-old, but his first medal-winning performance.


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