By Anthony Donatelli

Russia has been banned as a country from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics, but Russian athletes, like Anastasia Bryzgalova, are still going to participate in the games.

Related: Meet the Team USA Winter Olympians From Southern California

They will be competing as “Olympic Athlete From Russia” and although the opening ceremonies aren’t until Friday night, Curling has already begun.

Team USA defeated the two Olympic Athletes From Russia 9-3 in mixed doubles curling Thursday night, but despite the loss, social media has fallen in love with the Russian curling star.

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