At one point, Samoilov reached out to the US for help.
“Americans came and we had a master class,” he said. “I never even knew the details of tuning the sleds or the tips of the hockey sticks. But as they say, don’t feed us fish, instead teach us how to fish.”
With so many paralympic programs for veterans in the US, Samoilov said that Russia could do more for servicepeople who became disabled by serving their country.
“The country must be grateful that they went to the end,” he said.