The Witcher Makes Surprise Olympics Appearance On An Athlete’s Uniform

The Witcher Makes Surprise Olympics Appearance On An Athlete’s Uniform

This is Vitalina Batsarashkina, a 19 year-old Russian shooter — and big fan of The Witcher, it seems — who won a silver medal at the Olympics earlier this week in the 10m Air Pistol.

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Pictured above is a close-up of the shooting glasses she wore during the event, featuring a sketch of a Witcher medallion. And just in case you think “well, that could just be any wolf”, look here:

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There was an actual Witcher medallion hanging from her pants during the event.

If anyone on Earth is going to be happier with silver than gold, it’s going to be a Witcher fan.

And while we’re admiring her shooting gear, there’s a nice shout-out to American McGee’s Alice on the glasses as well.


  • Great picture with the hand in the pocket and the cool looking gun…she just needs to turn it sideways and go gangsta wild with it.

  • She is Russian, and a fan of The Witcher, a series where the main character is an alchemist. I feel like there is a big ‘drug cheat’ joke to be made here somewhere. But I won’t, innocent until proven guilty, and she was cleared to compete. Great for her to make it there legitimately.

    Happy to see a 19 year-old Witcher fan winning an Olympic medal, whatever the recent sporting reputation of the nation she represents.

      • Well in Metal Gear Solid you could use Diazepam (AKA Valium) to lower your heart rate and steady your aim, one can assume that it would probably provide a competitive advantage in real life also.

      • Beta-blockers, which can control heart rhythm and blood pressure, so one can hold their body more still and aim more accurately.

        But I’ll say it again, she was cleared, so I won’t go making jokes about it. Even though I just kind of did so in my original post, I feel the term ‘drug cheat’ gets thrown around too loosely these days. I know there are many times where it can be said conclusively, such as Lance Armstrong, but in cases such as Maria Sharapova, where Meldonium’s status as a performance enhancer is debatable, people can be too quick to judge.

        • Man, in retrospect my response came off as really snarky, but I was actually just interested! Thanks for explaining.

          • No worries at all! It seemed like a straight question, so I tried to answer it straight. Reading my response in retrospect, I might have also came off snarky in that second paragraph of mine though, when I was just elaborating on my thoughts on this some more. The problem with the internet, hard to tell the tone in words sometimes.

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