Beijing Winter Olympics: Russian silver-medallist Alexandra Trusova vows to 'never skate again'
Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova missed out on the gold medal by 4.22 points during the women's singles event at the Beijing Winter Olympics on Thursday, February 17. The 17-year-old attempted five quadruple jumps in her routine but secured a silver medal, while Anna Shcherbakova won the gold medal.
After the results were declared and before the podium ceremony was held, Trusova was seen breaking down and declaring that she hated the sport. "Everyone has a gold medal, everyone, but not me. I hate skating. I hate it. I hate this sport. I will never skate again. Never, It's impossible," cried the Russian figure skater.
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A user posted the video of Trusova having a moment on Twitter and captioned it, "I'm glad that Sasha has a character and she can just send everyone. Even the vile Tutberiha. SHE IS THE BEST IN THIS CYCLE. IT IS A FACT."
Я рада тому, что у Саши есть характер и она может просто послать всех.— олеся сырная (@fs_with_cheese) February 17, 2022
Даже мерзотную Тутбериху.
ОНА ЛУЧШАЯ В ЭТОМ ЦИКЛЕ. ЭТО ФАКТ. pic.twitter.com/czzYlFQbZw
As per reports, Trusova initially refused to go on the podium for accepting her silver medal, and even when she did eventually go on the podium, she was still tearful throughout the ceremony. During the post-event news conference, she explained why she cried and said, "Just because. I wanted to cry, so I cried. I've been three weeks alone without my mom, my dogs. So I cry."
Born in Moscow, Trusova is the 2022 Olympic silver medalist, the 2021 World bronze medalist, a two-time European bronze medalist (2020 and 2022), the 2019 Grand Prix Final bronze medalist, and a four-time Russian national medalist (silver in 2019 and 2022; bronze in 2020 and 2021). Trusova currently has the second-highest free skating score of any female skater, with 177.13 points, and is the first and currently the only female skater competing with four different quadruple jumps—toe loop, Salchow, flip, and Lutz, as per Wikipedia.
Meanwhile, 15-year-old Kamila Valieva, who was embroiled in a doping scandal, slipped on the ice and tumbled to the fourth position after topping the standings in the short program. Valieva was caught in a doping scandal after she failed a doping test at her national championships last December. Just like Trusova, she also broke into tears and was consoled by her coaches after the routine was over.
"The Russian Olympic Committee team has been in the eye of a doping storm since the news broke last week that Valieva had failed a doping test at her national championships last December. She was eventually cleared to skate on Monday in the women's single event by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after sport's highest court upheld the Russian Anti-Doping Agency's decision to lift a provisional ban on her. Valieva had already helped the Russian Olympic Committee win the team event - for which there will be no medal ceremony until her doping case is resolved," reports Dail Mail.