The skater said she couldn’t fully enjoy her Olympic victory as some fans felt she ‘stole’ the gold medal from Evgenia Medvedeva.
Russian figure skating star Alina Zagitova has revealed she couldn’t fully savor her Olympic gold medal in 2018 because some observers believe she ‘stole’ it from teammate Evgenia Medvedeva, who was set to win the title.
“When it was announced that I was the new Olympic champion, I couldn’t believe it. I was in a state of euphoria without really realizing that I had won. Of course there was a story [going around] that I took this medal from someone, that’s why I couldn’t enjoy it,“said the skater.
Zagitova, who trailed her compatriot and sparring partner by just one point, was accused of stealing Olympic gold from Medvedeva by fans who bombarded her with angry messages.
Double world champion Medvedeva, undefeated for more than two years, could not hide her disappointment at only taking silver.
She left Eteri Tutberidze’s camp, adding fuel to the conflict that erupted after the Olympic tournament.
A year later, Zagitova claimed the world crown, adding the only missing title to her huge collection of accolades.
She again finished above Medvedeva, who settled for bronze at the tournament.
Despite the fact that their rivalry came to a logical end, as both skaters put their professional careers on hold, the haters are still pursuing Zagitova and she can’t find any reasonable explanation for such hostility.
“I still wonder why so many reviews. I did nothing wrong to these people. I think they suffer from low self-esteem. It’s hard to say why their hatred is motivated, but I sure didn’t do anything wrong,“concluded the 19-year-old.
Zagitova is the only Russian skater who managed to win all existing titles in modern figure skating, including Olympic, World and European gold medals.
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