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Post: The 2018 Olympics are no longer a tragedy: How Medvedeva became a different person


On Sunday, the presentation of the documentary film “Medvedeva VS Medvedeva” took place at the Oktyabr cinema in Moscow. The film shows archival footage of the young figure skater’s first steps on the ice alongside Eteri Tutberidze, but its climax was the events at the 2018 Olympic Games, when world champion Evgenia Medvedeva lost to 15-year-old Alina. Zagitova took second place with 1.31 points. Currently, debates are going on among fans about who deserves to win more, but the film showed that this is a phase that has already been passed and it is time to stop perceiving it as the tragedy of the great champion.

Indeed, many people do not understand how anyone can worry about taking second place for so long. But the truth is that all athletes go not only for medals, but also for gold. It is the reward of daily painful work and training that no other reward or money can replace. And of course, for figure skaters like Medvedeva or Alexandra Trusova, second place is a defeat. And this is not just the psychology of a particular athlete, it is something that comes from the entire sports system in Russia. Both athletes confirm this in their interviews.

“It’s gold or nothing. Psychologically they plant it in your head that this is the purpose of your life. And when I didn’t get it, I thought I was losing my life,” Medvedeva admits.

Some might say that figure skaters have at least one more chance to win with a strong will and prove they are worthy of the gold. But the reality is that most athletes reach the Olympics in top shape, and it is not a fact that they can maintain the same fitness for another 4 years.

Evgenia Medvedeva - RIA Novosti, 1920, 11/19/2023

Medvedeva recreated her fall while on stage

Medvedeva did not come to the Olympic Games with perfect preparation. As the figure skater’s mother, Zhanna, recalls: “Zhenya began to prepare two months before the Olympics. The fifth metatarsal bone was simply crushed. My right leg hurts, and this is any landing. As a result, the bone crumbles. But here it is, if you come to the Olympics, you will perform.” It’s not for nothing that they say that sports are a kind of war. The real struggle often takes place not with opponents, but with oneself. And Medvedev definitely won this war.

It is no longer possible to perceive this only as a silver medal in the Olympics. Almost 6 years after these events, he continues to sell ice shows, hosts his own show on YouTube, is a regular guest in popular programs both on television and in social networks, and releases a clothing collection. We can talk about her projects for a long time, but I think this is enough to prove that Medvedeva is one of the most successful figure skaters who realized herself outside of sports. Perhaps it was her hard work that helped her survive the events of the Olympic Games, and now she says she is bravely moving on.

“I am a very different person, it was so long ago that I don’t remember when they seriously asked me if I regretted it. It was six years ago. Now look at me at the Olympics. These are two different people. I am living the life I always dreamed of. I didn’t even dream of it. But I had no idea that it was possible to live like this. How can we talk about regrets? Ben Medvedeva said: “We have plans for tomorrow and the day after tomorrow, we have no plans for the past.”

It is very happy to see that Zhenya was able to realize himself not only in sports but also in other areas. And his apt remark, “those who didn’t fall, didn’t get up,” which he made after a not entirely successful appearance on stage at the film’s premiere, can now be perceived as the figure skater’s life creed.

Evgenia Medvedeva - RIA Novosti, 1920, 11/19/2023

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Source: Ria

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