Kaori Sakamoto, whose Beijing Olympic bronze made her the fourth Japanese woman to win an individual figure skating medal, said Friday the Russian skaters who dominate the ice give her a reason to keep working hard.

Despite all the attention on Russian skater Kamila Valieva, who is at the center of a doping scandal, Sakamoto, who added a singles bronze to her team bronze, said she is grateful for the opportunity to share the rink with the figure skating powerhouse.

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