“The Saddest Photo of the 2022 Olympics”: Fans Heartbroken to Watch 17-Year-Old Gold Medalist Left Ignored Post Victory at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 02/18/2022, 12:33 PM EST

The controversies surrounding Kamila Valieva have only increased since her last performance. Despite testing positive for using a banned substance in December last year, she took part in the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022. Many fans and athletes caused an uproar over the decision of the IOC.

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Another story to develop from Beijing is that of the Russian coach, Eteri Tutberidze, who appeared to lash out at her Olympians. Her insensitive reaction also caused massive outrage over social media.

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Notably, Russian figure skaters Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova took home the gold and silver medal, respectively. But in an event marred with controversy, Russia’s gold medalist was apparently left alone to celebrate her victory, in a moment that has broken hearts over the internet.

Russian skater left alone at Beijing Winter Olympics

When silver medalist Alexandra Trusova burst into tears at not being able to win the gold medal, many attempted to console her. However, in the bargain, gold medalist Shcherbakova was ignored and so was her triumphant achievement.

In what is being termed as heartbreaking visuals, she held onto a soft toy, sitting idle in her thoughts. With no bliss, relief, or joy on her face, fans reacted to her picture on Twitter, highlighting the mental health of athletes.

It has left a sour taste for everyone involved in the sport as the gold medalist sat there disappointed. In the meantime, silver medalist, Trusova, mentioned how she did not want to skate again, showing her frustration with her coaches and everyone involved.

“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. That’s not how it should be,” said Trusova.

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Valieva’s controversy

Apart from that, Russia’s Kamila Valieva slipped during her performance. She returned to the stands, crying, and could not handle her emotions. Just then, her coach Eteri Tutberidze scolded her, instead of comforting and encouraging the young star, who had already had a tough couple of weeks owing to the controversy surrounding her participation. Significantly, IOC president, Thomas Bach, could not believe what happened and sat there in shock.

“I was very, very disturbed when I watched the competition. I know from my time as an athlete a little bit about pressure, but this pressure is beyond my imagination. In particular for a girl of 15 years old,” said Bach.

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The event truly has been a mess in several ways. And if anything, the Russian gold medalist sitting in disdain provided a picture of the mood in the camp right now. Certainly, we hope the Russian authorities take notice of this and further take appropriate measures to protect its athletes and their mental well-being.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is a US Sports and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the center the respect he deserves.

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