Kamila Valieva: “Winning the team Olympic gold is a big responsibility because you’re not only performing for yourself but also for the team. It’s an incredible pride and happiness that we succeeded.”
Kamila Valieva talked about her emotions after winning the team event at the 2022 Olympics.
What did you feel when you stood on the Olympic podium?
Kamila Valieva: I was finishing my performance in the team event, and women’s figure skating was the last discipline. I wasn’t keeping track of the scores, I was very nervous before the free skate. Winning the team Olympic gold is a big responsibility because you are not only performing for yourself but also for the team.
When we saw that we were in first place, it’s truly indescribable. We were all laughing, joking, and couldn’t believe it. Unfortunately, it was a quarantine year for us, and we also didn’t have a flag or anthem.
We understood that the Olympic gold is for the country. Standing on the podium, looking at the coaches, and immediately teleporting here (to all of you). You realize how many people were cheering, believing, and simply loving us, sending us their energy.
It’s an incredible pride and happiness that we succeeded. Then we did the victory lap, went out, and the derector general and president of the Figure Skating Federation called us.
The next day, unfortunately, we didn’t have an off-ice ceremony. But still, these emotions, especially the press conference, cannot be described in words. I would like to thank everyone for the support we received.
I immediately called my mom and told her everything. Since I was three years old, I’ve been telling her that I would have an Olympic medal. I couldn’t hold back my emotions.
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