“I just have no words. I understand that I have put people in danger and I am to blame. I’ve been very stupid. The main thing is that they are all alive. I’m still in a state of shock, “he says. Daria Shkurikhina, Olympic champion in joint rhythmic gymnastics with Russia in Beijing 2008, as well as triple world gold in Greece 2007 and five-time European champion (3 in Moscow 2006 and 2 in Torino 2008), to the Russian agency East2West and Komsomolskaya Pravda. The 30-year-old Russian gymnast will not easily forget what happened at the beginning of 2021 when He was celebrating Orthodox Christmas and decided to light a candle in his apartment in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.
The fire supposedly started because one of his pets, a cat and a chinchilla, knocked down a candle and Shkurikhina was slow to react by not smelling the smoke because his sense of smell has been affected after having passed the Covid-19. “I lit a candle and went to the kitchen. Then I saw smoke from the ceiling, but I couldn’t do anything anymore. Now I understand that leaving an open fire unattended is very stupid, but nothing can be changed. There is learning from mistakes” , Explain. Daria managed to run away screaming to alert the residents of the apartment (given away by former city governor Valery Shantsev for his brilliant performances at the Olympics) and one of them was the one who alerted the firefighters. The floor was almost burned and the flames affected neighboring houses, fortunately without personal injury to regret.
“I have not cried so much in a long time,” says Shkurikhina who has uploaded a social media photo with the Olympic medal intact but whose snapshot allows one to imagine the state of the house. Now, the Russian gymnast, who claims to have been receiving threats on social networks for her carelessness for several days, asks for help to find a new home: “Now I don’t know where to live or what to do.” The most important thing is that everything has been a scare and Daria and her neighbors have escaped the fire unscathed.