Afterward, all four women kissed.
Speculation has since arisen over whether it was a celebratory kiss or a political statement. Some say the kiss was a gesture in protest of Russia's new anti-gay law, which bans gay propaganda and imposes hefty fines on violators.
Either way, the kiss could get them in trouble with the government. The athletes may be subjected to fines if the Russian government considers the kiss to be spreading "propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations."
Ryzhova said the kiss was not intended as a political statement.
"It was just happiness for our team," which has trained together for many years, Ryzhova said on Monday. She did not comment on her attitude toward the recent laws. "If people want to write all sorts of dirt about us, they should at least know that Yulia and I are both married."
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