In Beijing, the Russian figure skater came fourth in the individual event. She also took gold in the team event, but the awarding did not take place due to a doping investigation.
“I was probably lucky enough to compete four times (two each in the team and personally ). The first two times you don’t even realize you’re at the Olympics.
When it’s your global goal, you already stand in the initial pose and think: this is what I’ve been working towards for so long. And at some point you just don’t realize, you are in some kind of prostration, in a place you don’t understand at all.
In fact, this Olympics… Your goal was to give your best. The medals that we have… I don’t know, it’s hard to say, sorry… You have to appreciate what you have.
Perhaps the fourth place – this is probably the saddest, when you were one step away from the results, from the third, from the second, from the first…. It just didn’t happen. It’s frustrating, but there’s something to strive for.
I said (in one of the interviews) that a silver medal is something different. But on a larger scale, you have a medal, you’re in the medals, you won that medal. The fourth place is probably more offensive than the second place,” Valieva said.
Anna Scherbakova won the 2022 Olympics in women’s figure skating, while Alexandra Trusova won silver and Kaori Sakamoto of Japan bronze.