Russia was banned from competing in the Winter Olympics this year as a country, but that does not mean Russian athletes aren’t participating the the games.

The athletes will be wearing neutral colors and be referred to as an “Olympic Athlete From Russia.”

And as we just told you, Team USA defeated the above two Olympic Athletes From Russia in an historic 9-3 drubbing in mixed doubles curling:

But despite the loss, social media is abuzz with praise for Russian curling star Anastasia Bryzgalova for some reason…

Check it out:

And a star is born.

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