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Elena Vesnina enjoys Olympic homecoming with TASS press conference
The 2016 Olympic doubles champion brought along her silver medal from Tokyo.
Published Aug 06, 2021
Elena Vesnina has been all smiles since returning home to Russia, having increased her medal total to include a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The 2016 women’s doubles champion at the Summer Games in Rio, Vesnina reunited with daughter Elizaveta—whom Vesnina has jokingly called her “third medal”—and, on Friday, gave a rousing press conference to famed news agency, ITAR-TASS.
“We talked about emotions from disappointing defeats and brilliant victories, the atmosphere of the Olympics and Tokyo,” she wrote on Instagram, “What it was like to perform without spectators, and how great it was to play as part of the most harmonious of teams.”
Team ROC (as they were called in Tokyo) indeed made good on their promise to "ROC" us, sweeping the top two spots on the mixed doubles podium as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Andrey Rublev outlasted Vesnina and Aslan Karatsev in a thrilling match tiebreak. Karen Khachanov earned a silver medal in men’s singles to help ROC win the most medals of any country in tennis.
Making her fourth appearance at an Olympic Games, Vesnina served as the tennis team’s de facto leader and den mother from their pre-Olympic training camp to the final medal ceremony.
None of that, of course, could beat the emotions of returning home and sharing the success with her family and “Liza,” who will turn three in November.
The two even shared their morning routine in an adorable video posted to Instagram earlier this week.