Russian skier Elena Vyalbe is receiving criticism after publicly supporting Russia's military aggression against Ukraine. In several interviews, Vyalbe expressed her approval of Russia's actions and criticized the Ukrainian government.
Her comments have been met with backlash from international audiences. Many people have expressed disappointment that a well-known athlete like Vyalbe would use her platform to support a political agenda that causes harm and suffering. Some have called for international sports organizations to take action against athletes who publicly support Russia's invasion of Ukraine.