Is she a super confident, fierce competitor?
Or a shy little girl still in shock to find herself the centre of all this attention and speculation? … One who runs away from the media, every chance she gets.
I’m not sure.
Aliya talks tough in an excellent, likely controversial, interview on Sportbox.ru, translated by Senor Nico on IG forum:
Anton Golotsutskov, who won the silver medal on vault, said that the judges are prejudiced against Russian athletes.
-I repeat, athletes shouldn’t interfere with the judging. Our small matter is to compete. But in part I agree with Anton. To some extent I think the judges were against me.
-What do you think about being called the next Khorkina?
-Nothing. It’s all the same to me. Svetlana was, of course, an amazing gymnast. But I have no idols and never have.
read the full interview
Like the American girls, the Russians saw very little other than the hotel and Ahoy arena. The Romanians were in the shopping mall every day, even before the competition finished.