I guess it wasn't too late to fight after all. She had knee surgery early last year and helped Russia clinched the silver medal in Tokyo last year. If I knew how to make high quality beautiful montages I would make one for Afanasyeva. She deserves to have more montages on YouTube.
The Russian Federation really needs to bring Afanasyeva to the Olympic Games. No one on that team has her style. There are a lot of fans who loves Afanasyeva and wants her to succeed (I am one of them). It's not too late to fight for gold at the Olympics.