Russian figure skaters have long prevailed in pairs, ice-dancing and single events at world championships and Olympics. At PyeongChang 2018, Olympic athletes from Russia won three medals in ladies’ single skating.
Russian dominance in ladies’ singles figure skating has been unquestionable in recent years as champion after champion has emerged – a fact causing increasing resentment among the usual anti-Russian brigade.
Olympic champion Alina Zagitova has inadvertently become embroiled in a huge scandal which erupted over her participation in a New Year’s show, with the Russian Investigative Committee looking into alleged document fraud.
Russian Olympic champion Alina Zagitova has been criticized by fans after she shared a video of herself opening a door with the help of her leg, joking that it was a measure to protect herself from the coronavirus.
Russian Olympic champion figure skater Alexey Yagudin has suggested that the situation surrounding the coronavirus pandemic has been exaggerated by people who simply got panicky over the potential threat.