Russian athlete Vitalina Batsarashkina won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics while wearing a Witcher medallion as a lucky charm. It is not the first time the russian superfan and athlete was showing off Witcher gear in public.
Finally, after it was postponed due to COVID, the Tokyo Olympics are underway. It should be no surprise for anyone that those young athletes are also fans of normal things like movies or video games. However, one athlete in particular caught our attention: Vitalina Batsarashkina The Witcher superfan.
Who is Vitalina?
Vitalina is a russian athlete competing in the 10m air pistol. She already won silver at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and just now beat that with gold at the Tokyo Olympics. Both times she was wearing symbols or charms from the The Witcher video game series. In 2016 she had a Witcher madallion hanging from her pants and some Witcher illustrations on her shooting glasses. This year she wore the same Madallion around her neck.
Yes, of course, other athletes might also be video game fans but Vitalina actually shows that off by wearing symbols or charms from her favorite video game series at actual events. Kind of reminds me of Logan Paul wearing his Charizard necklace to the Floyd Mayweather fight. But don't get me wrong, I am not comparing Logan Paul to Vitalina as an athlete. Paul is nowhere near an olympic athlete if he can be considered an athlete at all...
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Isn't Russia banned from the Olympics? How can Vitalina compete?
Yes, Russia received a two-year ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency for its state-sponsored doping program. Between December 17, 2020, and December 17, 2022, no athlete is allowed to represent Russia at the Olympics, Paralympics or World Championships. But well Russia just said: "Ok, we won't compete as Russia but as ROC." So Vitalina is part of the ROC (the Russian Olympic Commitee), which consist of only Russian athletes, who are technically not representing Russia (wink).
What do you think, should more athletes show off their favorite games or movies at sports events?