‘Everyone has a gold medal, but not me. I hate skating. I hate it’: Distraught Russian silver-medallist Alexandra Trusova, 17, vows to ‘never skate again’ in extraordinary rant after missing out on victory at Beijing Winter Olympics
- Russian figure skater Alexandra Trusova missed out on the Gold by 4.22 points
- The 17-year-old attempted five quadruple jumps but only secured a Silver medal
- Instead, her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova topped the podium in Beijing
- Trusova was seen crying after the results as she declared she hated the sport
- The Russian team has been swept up in controversy following a doping scandal
The pressure weighing on teenage figure skaters was all too evident on Thursday when silver medallist Alexandra Trusova broke down in tears before the podium ceremony after the women’s single event at the Beijing Olympics.
The 17-year-old Russian, who attempted five quadruple jumps in a high-octane routine at the Capital Indoor Stadium, missed out on gold by 4.22 points after the judges favoured her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova’s free skate.
World champion Shcherbakova, also 17, landed only two quads, and Trusova’s athletic performance to Cruella and the Stooges’s ‘I Wanna Be Your Dog’ helped her score more points in the free skate, but it was not enough to make up for her disappointing performance in Tuesday’s short programme.
Silver medallist Alexandra Trusova broke down in tears before the podium ceremony
The Russian declared she ‘hated’ skating and reportedly initially refused to go on the podium
With all the attention on 15-year-old prodigy Kamila Valieva, who in the wake of a doping scandal slipped to the ice and tumbled to fourth after topping the standings in the short programme, Trusova’s moment of despair almost went unnoticed.
‘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,’ Trusova said as she briefly left the sight of Eteri Tutberidze, who coaches her, Shcherbakova and Valieva.
‘It’s impossible. That’s not how it should be.’
Trusova, the world championships’ bronze medallist, elaborated in the post-event news conference, where she was also close to tears.
The 17-year-old skater attempted five quadruple jumps in her high-octane routine
But she ultimately missed out on Gold to compatriot Anna Shcherbakova by 4.22 points
Trusova did eventually go on the podium but was still tearful throughout the ceremony
‘I haven’t been winning major events for three years. I always try to reach a goal, I always add more quads,’ the 17-year-old said.
‘And when I get to that, I will win. This didn’t happen, that’s why I was upset.’
Asked why she cried, Trusova said: ‘Just because. I wanted to cry, so I cried. I’ve been three weeks alone without my mom, my dogs. So I cry.’
The Russian team have been caught in a doping scandal after Kamila Valieva failed a doping test at her national championships last December
The 15-year-old prodigy tumbled to the ice during her performance and finished fourth
Valieva was also left in tears and had to be consoled by her coaches following the routine
The Russian Olympic Committee team has been in the eye of a doping storm since the news broke last week that Valieva had failed a doping test at her national championships last December.
She was eventually cleared to skate on Monday in the women’s single event by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after sport’s highest court upheld the Russian Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to lift a provisional ban on her.
Valieva had already helped the Russian Olympic Committee win the team event – for which there will be no medal ceremony until her doping case is resolved.