Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov Fall

The Russian Olympic Committee’s amazing pair skating combination of Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov had a terrifying fall in an overhead lift on Sunday night.

He was carrying her upside down for the last segment of the Team Event when he lost his footing and they both fell to the ice. Even the pundits and the rest of the audience were as shocked as I was.

Even after they got up and performed their performance, my heart was still beating from worrying about them. For 11 years, I competed as a figure skater.

This all started when my then-partner dropped me on my head when I was 19 years old.

Anastasia Mishina and Alexander Gallyamov Fall

Many friends and family members have confided in me that they get the jitters whenever they watch ice dancing or pair skating at the Olympics.

There is concern that the athletes, especially the women, will suffer injuries while doing such difficult acrobatics on the ice. Having been there myself, I share the women’s anxiety.

Russians Skate to Team Figure Skating Gold Despite Scary Fall in Pairs Competition; U.S. Wins Silver

A stunning performance from 15-year-old Kamila Valieva catapulted the Russian Olympic Committee in team figure skating.

To the top of the Olympic podium on Monday, and not even a devastating crash could stop them.

Valieva’s historic performance in the short programme on Sunday was followed by another masterful effort in the free skate on Monday, securing gold for the Russians.

While riding a quad, she made an uncommon error and fell. She was the first woman to ever land two quads at an Olympic competition.

With a score of 178.92 following Monday’s free skate, she was more over 30 points ahead of the next competitor, Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto, who came in at 148.66 and finished in second place.

Video of Russian Figure Skaters Falling Gets Jim Ross-WWE Treatment

For a brief second this week in the Olympics, Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov looked like The Undertaker and Mankind. At least, that’s what one Twitter content producer thought.

During Monday’s pairs free skate competition, the Russian figure skating team made a mistake.

To perform a routine, Galliamov had lifted Mishina into the air, but he slipped and they both fell to the ice.

Nick McCarvel, a reporter for the Olympics, reported the two skaters were fine following the fall. Despite the mishap, Mishina and Galliamov won the pairs competition as well.

Despite finishing in second place, their final score of 145.2 was still significantly higher than that of the Japanese duo of Riku Miura and Ryuichi Kihara, who came in at first.


Because of the extreme difficulty of many figure skating manoeuvres, falls are unfortunately common at the Winter Olympics.

The good news for Mishina and Galliamov is that they are safe (which is the most important thing), they won first place anyway, and they were the focus of a hilarious internet video.

Because of the extreme difficulty of many figure skating manoeuvres, falls are unfortunately common at the Winter Olympics.

Thankfully (and most crucially), Mishina and Galliamov were both fine; they won first place nevertheless, and they became the focus of a humorous internet meme as a result.