Natalia Vodianova Helped Russia Secure Its World Cup Bid

We don’t follow sports quite as closely as our friends over at Sportsgrid, but this item caught our eye: Natalia Vodianova helped Russia secure its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. And that’s only after she became the ambassador for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Vodianova and a Vladimir Putin-less Russian delegation went head-to-head against England’s delegation that included David Beckham, Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron. The apparent sports enthusiast’s support resulted in Russia winning the bid for the 2018 World Cup, which will be held in 14 cities across the country. We can’t imagine her very British husband Justin Portman is pleased.

But before Russia shows off on the world soccer stage, they’ll host the Winter Olympics in 2014. Said Vodianova of the significance of Russia’s involvement: “Sochi 2014 is a major opportunity for Russia and the world to embrace sport and healthy living, but also to help build understanding and friendship between people from different cultures. For many people, it will be the first time they see Russia in a different light.”

As part of her duties, the model appeared in the closing ceremony for last winter’s Olympics — in Marchesa, obviously.

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