Russian speed skater Daniil Aldoshkin has apologized for throwing a brace after beating Team USA in the semifinals of the men’s team pursuit on Tuesday in Beijing.
“I got my hands up, I got the first medal, the first Olympics,” Aldoshkin, 20, told RT.com. “I didn’t want to say anything like that. I’m sorry if this offended anyone.
The speedskater lifted two majors shortly after crossing the finish line with teammates Ruslan Zakharov and Sergey Trofimov, earning ROC silver and a ticket to the gold medal race.
Norway won gold in Tuesday’s event and the United States won bronze.
Zakharov defended his reaction after crossing the finish line.
“In speed skating, you fight against time, not against an opponent. It was purely an emotional reaction,” Zakharov said, per RT.
Russian Skating Union President Alexei Kravtsov also apologized for Aldoshkin’s post-race celebration, but said the speedskater’s actions were fueled by “an outburst of emotion ” after his performance.
“Emotions took over at the finish line, there was no subtext in this action,” Kravtsov said, via RT. “We are sorry if anyone perceived this situation differently and (he) offended anyone. On behalf of the Russian Skating Union, we offer our official apologies.
Aldoshkin then took to Instagram to reflect on the silver medal he won in Tuesday’s race.
“I want to write a lot of words, I want to express a lot of emotions, but then there will be too much text. Anyway, everything went well! he wrote next to a collage of photos from the Beijing Olympics .
“Once during an interview, I created a bar for myself, according to which I rate my results so far – if the Coach is satisfied, then I should be satisfied. Yesterday’s coach was satisfied, I hope in general, thank you all, you don’t know how nice it is to receive words of support and congratulations from everyone,” Aldoshkin continued, later adding, “Ps silver treats bruises under the eyes. ”
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