Winter Olympics 2018: Stunning Russian curler Anastasia Bryzgalova tumbles on the ice after taking internet by storm

The Sun Incident 6 months ago

THIS is the moment stunning Russian curler Anastasia Bryzgalova took a tumble on the ice.

She didn't let it affect her game however, as she ended up bagging a bronze medal.

This was the moment Anastasia Bryzgalova lost her balance on the ice

Social media has thrown its support behind stunning Russian athlete Anastasia Bryzgalova

The husband and wife team of Aleksandr Krushelnitckiy and Bryzgalova claimed the first Olympic medal in curling's mixed doubles when they won bronze for Olympic Athletes from Russia today.

The Russian couple sealed an 8-4 victory over the Norwegian pair of Kristin Skaslien and Magnus Nedregotten, scoring a point in each of the last three ends.

And SunSport reported only yesterday how Bryzgalova has attracted a fair amount of attention on social media due to her stunning looks.

Bryzgalova said afterwards: "It's very important that we are family. That was very important in order to survive yesterday's (semi-final) loss.

Despite the slip-up, the stunning Russian didn't let it affect her game - she won a bronze medal

The husband and wife team of Aleksandr Krushelnitckiy and Bryzgalova claimed the first Olympic medal in curling's mixed doubles

Anastasia Bryzgalova has captured hearts - and she is now an Olympic medal winner

"Just to come out here today and to make the match that we can be proud about. The fact that we are family helped us a lot."

Canada face world champions Switzerland later on Tuesday to decide the gold.

Married last year, Krushelnitckiy and Bryzgalova have been the darlings of the mixed doubles competition which is making its debut as an Olympic event at the Pyeongchang Games.

The teams play a maximum eight ends as opposed to 10, and there is no shot-calling skip as in the four-player, single sex format of the sport.

The Russian pair have played a daring and entertaining brand of curling and it cost them in their semi-final against Switzerland when Krushelnitckiy's last rock shot sailed through the house to end their hopes of taking on Canada in the final.

The 2016 world champions quickly put the disappointment behind them, storming to 5-2 lead after four ends against the Norwegians and never trailed.

Bryzgalova seems to have won plenty of new fans - and it's clear to see why

Fans have been bowled over by Anastasia Bryzgalova's stunning features

Along with her real-life partner, Anastasia Bryzgalova has had a Winter Olympics to remember

Her popularity is likely to grow even bigger now after her South Korean success

Krushelnitckiy said: "When we came here, we didn't have any special feelings. We were absolutely calm

"Then we had the first match and we lost.

"We didn't feel the ice. We didn't feel anything. After that we came back step-by-step to the bronze medal match.

"And we can be proud about the whole tournament and all the matches."

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