Estonian president awards natl decorations to Olympic medalists

  • 2022-02-21
  • BNS/TBT Staff

TALLINN – Estonian President Alar Karis has decided to bestow national decorations on Kelly Sildaru, freestyle skier and winner of bronze in the women's slopestyle at the Winter Olympics in Beijing, and members of the Estonian women's fencing team that won the epee gold in the summer Olympics last year. 

The members of the gold-winning women's epee team -- Katrina Lehis, Irina Embrich, Julia Beljajeva and Erika Kirpu - were awarded the second class of the Order of the White Star.

Sildaru was awarded the third class of the same order.

In addition, swimmer Kardo Ploomipuu, who has represented Estonia in five successive summer Paralympics, was given fourth class of the Order of the White Star.