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How did skaters get back into their careers? These stories are examples for Trusova.

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:32:21

Last week, the world of figure skating was turned upside down by rumours that Alexandra Trusova wanted to prepare for the Russian national team’s skating trials in St. Petersburg. The Olympic silver medallist last took to the ice in November 2022 in Samara: she then finished second at the Russian Grand Prix stage. After that, there were plenty of shows and media projects, but Trusova took a break from tournaments.

Sasha herself does not comment on the information; the skater did not answer the question about skates during a fan meeting in Luzhniki. Some people believe that Trusova is the skater capable of returning and being on top again, while others do not even believe in a possible exit to the skating rinks, because Sasha has started a completely different life.

But figure skating has seen many comebacks, so why not believe in Trusova?

Skeptical column on Alexandra’s return:

It seems that Trusova is not aware that she is resuming her career

Of the men, Lambiel, Plushenko and Takahashi resumed their careers

In men’s singles there have been brilliant comebacks more than once. Some changed their appearance, while others stayed and won medals, as in their best years.

Stéphane Lambiel retired before the 2008/2009 season, not only of his own free will but also due to a groin injury. “My time has passed,” he said in an interview after his departure, but his return did not come until the summer of 2009. In the Olympic season, Lambiel became a silver medallist at the European Championships and took fourth place at the Vancouver Olympics.

Evgeni Plushenko managed to come back twice. The great singles skater missed almost the entire Vancouver cycle, but returned for the Olympic season, qualified for the games and won a silver medal. Plushenko went to Canada to seek his second gold, and after Evan Lysacek’s victory, the debate about who really took first place continued for a long time.

Evgeni Plushenko on the podium at the 2010 Olympic Games

Photo by: RIA Novosti

Plushenko returned for the second time in the Sochi cycle. In the 2011/2012 season he won the European Championships for the seventh time in his career and became champion of Russia for the ninth time in his career, a year later he won his tenth national title, and at the Sochi Games he won his second Olympic gold, this time in a team event.

Analysis of Plushenko’s speeches in Vancouver and Sochi:

Japanese Daisuke Takahashi finished third at the Vancouver Olympics, and after Sochi he decided to retire. For the next four years he studied at university, worked as a commentator, participated in shows – in a word, he did everything that champions who have given up sports try to do. But in the summer of 2018, Takahashi decided to return to sport: he became the silver medalist of the Japanese Championship as a single skater, and then switched to ice dancing. As a dancer, Daisuke spent several full seasons: with Kana Muramoto he won silver at the Four Continents Championships, won the Japanese Championships, and took bronze at the World Team Championships.

Asada, Kim and Costner are the big individual players who are back

In women’s singles skating there were also brilliant champions who returned after a break.

Olympic champion Kim Yun Ah missed the 2011/2012 season, but this had virtually no effect on her results. In the first season after her return, the Korean figure skater won the world championship and at the Sochi Olympics she finished second behind Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova. Japanese Mao Asada took a break after the Sochi cycle, but failed to achieve any major victories afterwards. In the 2015/2016 season, Mao took two medals at the Grand Prix stages and finished third at the Japanese Championships, and in 2017 she finally ended her sports career.

Kim Yoon Ah (right) on the podium at the 2014 Olympics

Photo: Alexander Mysyakin, “Championship”

Caroline Costner’s break was more forced. The figure skater decided to skip the 2014/2015 post-Olympic season, but in January 2015 she was also suspended for one year and four months for helping her ex-boyfriend get into drugs. Carolina managed to return only in 2016, after which the Italian won two bronze medals at the European Championships and also twice climbed onto the podium of the Grand Prix stages.

After the revolution started by Alexandra Trusova herself, women’s singles skating has changed a lot. It will be very interesting to see the return of American Alice Liu, who retired from her career two years ago at the age of 16 and decided to take it up again before the 2024/2025 season.

Read more about Alice Liu’s return:

“To be continued…” How Valieva’s rival is getting her career back on track after missing two seasons

Virtue and Moir make a truly golden comeback in tag team events

The great Canadian dancers took a break after the Sochi cycle, which brought them Olympic silver. Two seasons of silence, a change of coach… and now the couple is back in action! It would seem that returning to dancing is physically easier, this way there is no need to restore ultra-si elements, but during the break new duos grow and it becomes more difficult to reach the top.

However, the world missed Tessa and Scott so much, and they missed competition so much, that the pair was literally unstoppable! Virtue/Moir won absolutely every competition they entered, including the World Championships. However, the pair was not guaranteed Olympic gold in Pyeongchang: Gabriela Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron were also competing for it. The French won the Grand Prix Final before the Games with a world record, but at the Olympics themselves, every performance of the Canadians became a performance of a lifetime, and Tessa and Scott took two Olympic golds from South Korea.

Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir

Photo by: RIA Novosti

In pairs skating, there is the example of Tatyana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov. After two Olympic gold medals, the skaters took a year-and-a-half break and returned in 2015. That season, Maxim and Tatyana won the Russian Championships and the European Championships, but finished sixth in the world; that tournament in Boston was the last of their competitive career.

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Puck Henry
Puck Henry
Puck Henry is an editor for ePrimefeed covering all types of news.
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