Some brilliant person has cut together video of a skier with footage from “The Empire Strikes Back” in order to create the GIF to end all Olympic GIFs. Unfortunately for the Olympians, it looks like the walkers have won this particular battle.
When they say Russia is a harsh country, were they talking about something like this? If so, then it is unlikely that these are Russians going through the moguls. The Empire never takes out its own, after all.
It seems the Force was not with the athletes.