There’s an Olympic Witcher Fan Showing Her Stripes In Rio

By   /   Aug 13, 2016
Olympic Witcher fan

In case it wasn’t clear enough that many of the Olympic athletes are young adults with other interests, one Olympic Witcher fan has shown that she’s channeling Geralt of Rivia’s skill with a crossbow, as you can see from the Wolf School medallion hanging from her head.

Vitalina Batsarashkina, a competitor on the Russian Women’s Shooting team, won the silver medal in the Women’s 10 meter air pistol competition. At only 19 years old, she’s definitely shown that in addition to being a crack shot, the Olympic Witcher fan is also a gamer at heart.

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In order to help with her sighting during the competition, Olympic Witcher fan Batsarashkina wore an “eyepatch” over her left eye, while she aimed with her right. Said eyepatch was a tag that had the insignia of the Wolf Witcher School drawn onto it. Her fully-visible nod towards the game even earned her thanks and congratulations from CD Projekt RED, the developers of the Witcher games, on Twitter.

The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt is the final entry in the story of Geralt of Rivia, and the third in CD Projekt RED’s critically acclaimed action RPG series.

Its final DLC, entitled Blood and Wine, came out several months ago.

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The congratulations that Batsarashkina got from CDPR, a Polish developer, is also nice in another way, especially considering the rather hostile history between Poland and Russia, who have found themselves at war multiple times over the centuries (with Russia always managing to get a piece of the pie).

Batsarashkina will be able to represent The Witcher in at least one other event, the Women’s 25 meter air pistol event, before her time at the Olympics is through. Her silver medal marks Russia’s only silver in the Olympic shooting events, and adds to the 20 various other medals that Russia has obtained in other events such as fencing, judo, swimming, and gymnastics.