Figure skating champion Zagitova gets dog for gold

Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alina Zagitova holds An Akita Inu puppy named Masaru presented by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claps after presenting an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru to Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alin...
Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alina Zagitova plays with an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru presented by Japanese Prime Minister Sh...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, looks as his wife Akie, pets an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru prior to presenting it to Russian Women's Olymp...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and his wife Akie, pet an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru prior to presenting it to Russian Women's Olympic Fig...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Endo Takashi, head of the Association for the preservation of the purity of the Akito breed present an ...

Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alina Zagitova holds An Akita Inu puppy named Masaru presented by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo ...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe claps after presenting an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru to Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alin...

Russian Women's Olympic Figure Skating Gold medalist Alina Zagitova plays with an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru presented by Japanese Prime Minister Sh...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, looks as his wife Akie, pets an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru prior to presenting it to Russian Women's Olymp...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, left, and his wife Akie, pet an Akita Inu puppy named Masaru prior to presenting it to Russian Women's Olympic Fig...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, right, and Endo Takashi, head of the Association for the preservation of the purity of the Akito breed present an ...

MOSCOW (AP) — Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova has been given a Japanese akita dog in a ceremony involving Japan's prime minister.

Zagitova said at this year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics that she had fallen in love with the akita breed — which she calls a "devoted friend" — while training before the Games.

Her parents said they would consider having a dog if she won in Japan.

Japanese dog enthusiasts then rallied round to send the 16-year-old the puppy, named Masaru, or "victory".

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife Akie attended Saturday's ceremony in Moscow during a visit for talks with President Vladimir Putin.

Zagitova won gold in February, beating her friend and fellow Russian Evgenia Medvedeva.