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A Russian Fan's Perspective On A Most Unusual Gold Medal Ceremony In Pyeongchang

"I was proud greatly. It was from one side, tears of pride and happiness. From another side, I regretted greatly we can't see our flag," said Natalia Kim, who lives in South Korea.
Gold medalist figure skater Alina Zagitova, an Olympic Athlete from Russia, heard the Olympics' anthem as she stood on the podium for her medal ceremony. Source: Eric Gaillard

The only individual gold medal won by an Olympic athlete from Russia came in a ceremony that was different from others at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics: Figure skater Alina Zagitova didn't hear her country's anthem or see its flag, as other medalists did.

Because of doping sanctions against Russia, the Olympic flag flew, and the (rather generic) Olympic anthem was played at the ceremony Friday

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