The Olympic champions Nadezhda Skardino, Irina Krivko, Dinara Alimbekova and Darya Domracheva have come back home from Pyeongchang on Tuesday, February 27.
Welcome back, our heroes!
The Belarusian star athletes arrived to Minsk National Airport where they were met by a crowd of cheering fans, journalists and representatives of the national sports sector.
Shortly after the arrival the athletes who were treated like real rock-starts shared their emotions about the 2018 Winter Olympic Games and their results.
“I was somehow shocked. The first medal in Sochi was an individual achievement.
Here, it is a team victory, so the emotions are four times higher,” Nadezhda Skardino said.
Four-time Olympic champion Darya Domracheva, who was in a hurry to meet her daughter Kseniya, said:
“It is very joyful to come back home with Olympic medals. The most wonderful emotions we experienced on the top step of the podium.
I would call these Games Olympiad-testing. We went through everything possible: frost and wind. The only thing we didn’t have was rain.
At the moment I want to relish these impressions, and only after that think about the future.”
Meanwhile, skater Marina Zuyeva is not really happy with her results and ready to fight again:
“There were no strong emotions. Perhaps, everything would be different did I realize myself in full.
I am happy with what I showed, but I did better during training sessions.
Tomorrow I start training for my next competitions.”
Sergei Minin, the head coach of the Belarusian national speed skating team also noted that the team did well but they are still a bit upset as they didn’t fulfill their potential.
Belarus won two gold and one silver medals to place 15th in the Pyeongchang Olympic Games medal count this year.