Russia, of course, has accepted this with grace.
haha just kidding. Of course they haven't! If they had, I wouldn't making this post. This AP article gives a brief overview, but I'll link some of the jucier reactions under the cut.
Russia had won every gold medal in rhythmic gymnastics since 2000. But it’s total defeat this year began when Linoy Ashram of Israel won gold in the individual competition. https://t.co/y3zpu68mb3— AP Sports (@AP_Sports) August 8, 2021
Now, my experience with rhythmic gymnastics is limited to watching it at the Olympics every four years and thinking "oooh pretty ribbon!" and "oh no! they dropped the hoop!" so I cannot speak to how fair or accurate the judging is. All I can report is the Russian reaction to winning silver (or, losing gold as they might think of it).
In the individual all around competition, the two Russian gymnasts (identical twins! named Dina and Arina Averina!) were favored to go 1 and 2. But in a shocking turn of events, Arina really fucked up and ended up 4th and Dina ended up in 2nd place, behind Israli gymnast Linoy Ashram.
Then! In the team event, Bulgaria took the gold while ROC took home silver (in my completely untrained eye, Italy was better and should have gotten silver but WHATEVER.)
So lets check in and see how the Russian gymnastics community is dealing with this loss.
Much like fellow countryman Evegeni Plushenko before her (remember the platinum medal? lmao), Dina asserted that she was the rightful winner of the competition.
D.Averina: “My conscience is clear. I did all 4 routines neatly. I believe that I’m the winner today. [Judges] knew that we always win. In the end it took very long. I instantly knew they were doing everything so I don’t win. I’ve been in sports for long enough,I know everything”— Beauty In Sport / Красивата Страна На Спорта (@BeautyInSport) August 7, 2021
The head coach of Russia's rhythmic gymnasts chimed in, alleging that Linoy's dropped apparatus meant that she should not have won gold because no one should win gold with a dropped apperatus.
VINER WITH THE TEA pic.twitter.com/Kbc1jiGI5R— медведик навсегда (@_mariaaaa18) August 7, 2021
Gymnastics fans were quick to point out that the Russian team won gold in Rio with a routine that included a dropped apparatus. oop!
So, what say you ONTD?
Was this a rhythmic gymnastic conspiracy to dethrone Russia? Or did the rightful winners take home the gold?