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Tuktamysheva added on Twitter: "I’m still can’t believe it. Dreams come true. Thank you all for believing in me."

Adding that he "loved her so much", former US champion Adam Rippon told Tuktamysheva that she had inspired "all of us", while Shcherbakova told her fans that there were "no words – only emotions" as she looked back on photos of her gasping with joy when she heard the results.

"In general, few people doubted [Shcherbakova]," three-time Olympic champion Irina Rodnina told Championat.

"It is evident that it has not been easy for her: she sometimes competed even after illnesses... but she had enough strength, courage and skill.

"I liked the confidence and how courageously Liza Tuktamysheva carries everything. After all, she competes with very young girls, so such a long and loyal service and love for figure skating evokes an extremely positive emotion.

"And, of course, Sasha Trusova surprised. To make the podium from such a long way back... no other athlete has such a set of jumps.

"Despite the mistakes, she still continued to go forward – this commands great respect. Trusova's path to the podium was one of the hardest."
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