The husband and wife team of Aleksandr Krushelnitckiy and Bryzgalova claimed the first Olympic medal in curling's mixed doubles when they won bronze for Olympic Athletes from Russian Federation today.
During a highly breath-hitching moment, Bryzgalova fell hard on her backside while strategising with her teammate.
"It's very important that we are family", she said after the bronze medal win. NBC reported Bryzgalova and Krushelnitskiy are just the fourth married couple in Olympic history to medal while competing as a pair. Fortunately, she recovered seconds later.
The fall drew gasps from a stunned crowd.
And a third revealed: "Anastasia Bryzgalova, the Russian curler, looks like a model". The other shoe is known as a "slider" - it has a very slippery Teflon sole that helps the curlers glide.More news: Funeral arrangements announced for fallen Westerville police officers
"I never got it (first rock) in the place I wanted, so we always ended up chasing the Russians from nearly every end", Skaslien lamented afterwards.
The 2016 world champions quickly put the disappointment behind them, storming to 5-2 lead after four ends against the Norwegians and never trailed.
Skaslien described the experience of contesting an Olympic final alongside her fiancé as "a real adventure".
"When we came here, we didn't have any special feelings", Krushelnitckiy said.
According to her Olympic profile, Bryzgalova holds a master's degree in Physical Education, Sport, and got involved with curling in 2009 following an invitation to join a curling club at an ice sports complex. The teams began this match on even ground, but OAR was too good and earned a spot on the medal stand.
Canada and Switzerland will compete in the gold medal match on Tuesday evening.