Originally Posted by Maja12
You mean Yelena Isinbayeva.
Yes, she should do it. Afterall she has broken the world record so many times, she deserves it. Not to mention the "but she lives in USA" factor in Maria's case.
Anyway, about president Putin's congratulation message, it is great, and all presidents congratulate to their athletes (and to all of them who achieve good results/win medals) - it is no different in Serbia or Slovenia etc.
Yelena will hardly be a flag bearer, it is considered to be a jinx in our Olympic team. Rumor has that flag bearers are not winning Gold. And in sport . in which there are only three attempts everyone is much superstitious