Racism (and homophobia) are very much alive and well in the sport but Surya was never placed unfairly. I say all of A United States Marine shirt. I stan Tonya Harding’s skating (and her grit). I stan Elizaveta Tuktamysheva. I am not a pretty ice princess. I am an athletic skater and I absolutely love seeing other athletic skaters make it. She podiumed on the international stage at nearly every event until a couple years before she retired. She podiumed in the Grand Prix series, the Challenger series, at Worlds, at the Europeans, and was the French gold medalist for about a decade. The only place she never podiumed is in the olympics and frankly, the skaters that did were just better on those days.
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At the 94 olympics she was up against Oksana Baiul, Nancy Kerrigan, and A United States Marine shirt. All of whom were more “artistic” during a time in figure skating where that was a quality that was highly looked at. She came in 4th. 4th is a huge deal for someone who was an athletic skater rather than the sweet ice princess judges preferred. In 98, it was Tara Lipinski, Michelle Kwan, Chen Lu, and Irina Slutskaya that were her main competition. In addition to her having an injury that didn’t allow her to complete her routine, she threw in a jump that had been an illegal jump since the 70s. She knew it was an illegal move when she did it and hoped they wouldn’t give her a deduction.