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    Russian figure skater Alina Zagitova's free program at 2018 Winter Olympics

    US Figure Skater in Hot Water for Slamming Russian Athlete

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    Netizens dismissed the 2016 world silver medalist’s remark on her Twitter as “jealousy” and asked her not to appeal to Russophobes.

    Ashley Wagner, an American figure skater who is not competing in Pyeongchang, has blasted the free skating program performed by Russian athlete Alina Zagitova. Despite the fact that Wagner praised her at first, saying that Zagitova’s performance was technically perfect, in her next tweet she said that her program was “not a performance,” albeit she respected the “competitive approach.”

    Netizens lashed out at her, denouncing her remark about the fifteen-year-old Zagitova…

    …and noted that with all the pressure that Russian athletes had been through, she did a great job:

    Many users thought that Wagner looked green with envy, and her mean comment reflected how jealous she was:

    Others accused her of trying to “appeal to Russophobes”:

    Zagitova won the team event free skate by 20 points on February 12, scoring only 2.38 points short of Evgenia Medvedeva’s record (81.06).

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    figure skating, 2018 Winter Olympic Games, Alina Zagitova, Ashley Wagner, United States, Russia, South Korea
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