“They fell really low.” The Ukrainian skater comments on the Russian absurdity for us
The good results of Russian competitors in the international competition of figure skating have been obvious for many years. The dominance was visible above all in the competition of soloists, but over the years Russia began to be successful in sports and dance pairs, and was chasing the world faster and faster also among soloists.
The attack on Ukraine forced the International Skating Union not only to exclude the aggressor’s players from the most important struggles, but also to take away their right to organize international competition. There was outrage in the country, and the greatest figures of sport repeatedly expressed bolder theses in the media. There was no shortage of mockery, but also threats, as well as announcements of the imminent death of the sport without a Russian contribution.
In order to keep both viewers and their own players in the country, the Russians decided to create their series of prestigious Grand Prix competitions. The stages, of course, coincide with the dates of the struggle of the international version. The national competition suffers not only from the lack of world stars, but also from controversial judging.
A profile dedicated to the skating content of Sport.ru, one of the most important Russian sports sites, has published a poster on social media advertising one of the stages of the Grand Prix series for juniors. It would not be surprising, but the creators used a photo of the Ukrainian competitor – Anastasia Archypova. The profile is connected to a blog embedded and available just under the Sports.ru domain, at the bottom of the graphic you can also see the website’s logo.
– They fell really low. They could have discredited me by doing this, but fortunately, many people support me in this situation. I asked them directly to change this photo – commented the skater in an interview with Przegląd Sportowy Onet.
The Ukrainian champion from the beginning of the war voiced her opposition and called for the defense of the country. At the beginning of the conflict, she gave us a short interview after photos of her with a rifle in her hands appeared on the internet.
– Every day we fall asleep and wake up to the sounds of explosions and rockets attacked by Russian troops. I’m afraid to fall asleep because I may never wake up again. Together with my family, we hide in the basement during air attacks, we cannot believe what is happening – the skater told us at the end of February.
As she confirmed, the photo is from the 2019/2020 season. It was the best period of her career for Archypowa – she stood, inter alia, on the podium of the Winter Olympic Youth Festival of Europe. In Sarajevo, the later Olympic champion Anna Szczerbakowa and Lucrezia Beccari placed ahead of the Ukrainian.
The image crisis of Russian skating was started with a bang by the doping case of 15-year-old Kamiła Walijewa. Recall – the soloist, despite the forbidden trimetazidine detection, was allowed to compete individually at the Beijing Olympics. Although she was leading after the short program, she did not manage to stand on the podium. A series of mistakes in the second part of the competition pushed her to fourth position. The disappointed coach Eteri Tutberidze was waiting for the broken player at the gang. The Russian woman, in front of the whole sports world, scolded the skater from the moment she got off the ice.
Before the medal ceremony, viewers watched not only the tears of Walijewa, but also of Aleksandra Trusowa, who took second place. The skater became hysterical and the medal ceremony was delayed. Everything was sealed by the sight of the calm and lonely Szczerbakowa, a newly minted Olympic champion, with whom no one was happy with the victory. All three of them trained under the supervision of the same staff with a long tradition of injured players.
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