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Valieva’s doping, Trusova’s stress fracture. What trials did our figure skaters go through?

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 16:46:31

In figure skating, strength lies not only in physical preparation, but also in the unwavering will to win. Sports events did not spare the best Russian figure skaters: Kamila Valieva, Alexandra Trusova, Anna Shcherbakova, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva. We remember the most outstanding stories of improvement in recent years.

Is it possible that Kamila Valieva returns?

Kamila Valieva is an example of unbreakable will. Her name has already been written in figure skating history, but she is now on the verge of a new chapter in her career. In February 2022, during the Winter Olympics in Beijing, it was learned that Valieva tested positive for doping and was suspected of consuming trimetazidine, a substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The most important thing about the doping case and Valieva’s disqualification:

The athlete’s defense could not prove that the substance entered her body unintentionally and the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) suspended Valieva for four years. This became a serious test for the skater, but, as time has shown, it is not the end of her journey. While the process lasted, Camila continued participating in contests and demonstrating outstanding results, winning prizes. In those moments, it was important to maintain moral strength to overcome the negative consequences and return to the sport with new strength. Camila has always been unwaveringly motivated and striving for excellence. From her first steps on the ice under the direction of Ksenia Ivanova to her work with Eteri Tutberidze, Kamila demonstrated a unique technical skill to the public.

To this day, Valieva remains an example for young athletes around the world, proving that neither age nor any other obstacle can become a barrier to realizing their ambitions. Despite her disqualification, fans hope the athlete returns to the ice. The other day it was announced that Kamila Valieva will participate in Tatiana Navka’s tour. Her participation in the shows “Ruslan and Lyudmila” and “Evenings on the Farm” will be a highlight for fans.

Olympic records or health. Priorities of the “Russian rocket”

During the Olympic season, Alexandra Trusova faced a serious injury that could have spelled the end of her Olympic dreams. Trusova suffered a stress fracture in her foot, and this became a difficult test that required not only physical but also mental recovery.

Alexandra Trusova at the Olympic Games

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

Doctors noted that these types of injuries are the result of intense training and frequently repeated physical effort. The painful sensations and the risk of aggravating the injury did not prevent the athlete from demonstrating incredible determination and will to win. Despite her nearly immobile leg, Alexandra took to the ice and continued training, and then made a historic breakthrough, becoming the first figure skater to perform five quadruple jumps in one program and win silver at the Olympics. This result caused great resonance and controversy over the integrity of the refereeing. Many fans questioned whether the ratings were fair given the performance many considered gold-worthy. Trusova herself could not contain her emotions. “Everyone has a gold medal, but not me!” – Alexandra then released with tears in her eyes.

At the same time, a question arose among fans and specialists of figure skating: was it necessary to take such a risk during the Olympic season and skate with a fracture? Unless, of course, it was a fracture. Because Eteri Tutberidze’s coaching staff at that time kept a stern silence and did not confirm that everything was so serious with Sasha. Her tenacity shows that with willpower you can overcome any barrier.

“We were nervous and didn’t expect to perform so well.” Shcherbakova’s triumph at the World Championship

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the world of figure skating, forcing athletes to withdraw from major international competitions. The 2021 World Championships promised to be a scene of rivalry between Russian skaters and Japan’s Rika Kihira, who impressed at the national championships with a triple Axel and quadruple Salchow routine. Many doubted the chances of Anna Shcherbakova and other Russian figure skaters to win.

Anna Shcherbakova at the 2021 World Championships

Photo: RIA Novosti

Shcherbakova, a student of Eteri Tutberidze, experienced a difficult season complicated by pneumonia. Her heroic performance at the Russian Championship seemed like a unique feat. However, all doubts about the status of the main favorite were dispelled already on the first day of the women’s competition.

“Everyone is very excited and happy. Although we were worried and didn’t expect her to perform so well. She fell during all these preliminary training sessions,” Sambo-70 school director Renat Laishev told Sport24.

Despite incredible difficulties during the season, Anya was able to win the coveted prize for which she had been fighting all year. The athlete never complained about the circumstances, but she continued to work hard and only after the triumph in Stockholm did she reveal the details of her difficult training.

But the difficulties did not end there. The Olympic season proved even more difficult. Health problems and an uncertain performance at the Russian championship led to discussions about the feasibility of Shcherbakova’s participation in the Olympic Games. Student Tutberidze said that she is willing to work even harder to confirm her level. At the Beijing Olympics, Anna Shcherbakova won a gold medal.

Should we expect Shcherbakova and Trusova to compete again?

Victory over puberty and return to sports.

Puberty is a period that can become a serious test for figure skaters. Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, world champion in 2015, has always stood out for her flexibility and technical performance, which has earned her success on the international stage. However, like many other athletes, she experienced physiological changes during adolescence, when her athletic performance began to fluctuate and her self-confidence was compromised. She stopped constantly weighing herself and criticizing herself for every extra piece of food. This helped me maintain the required weight and get back to training.

However, Lisa, who went through a difficult period of puberty, learned to accept her body and continued to perform at a high level. Even today, Tuktamysheva does not hide that her plans always include a return to big sports. She never gave up figure skating, but everything will depend on the circumstances. The athlete actively participates in various show programs and continues to delight fans with her abilities.

Battling injuries before the main competitions of your career

Before the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Games, Evgenia Medvedeva faced a serious injury that could have jeopardized her participation in the competition. Doctors discovered a crack in the metatarsal bone of her foot and immediately after her victory at the Moscow Grand Prix, where she took first place, the skater traveled to Germany to be examined. Local doctors advised reducing the intensity of exercise.

Evgenia Medvedeva at the 2017 Russian Grand Prix

Photo: RIA Novosti

Everyone knows that training in the team of the country’s coach Eteri Tutberidze requires serious work. There is the most important rule: every athlete is motivated without external pressures. “After the trip to Germany I felt better,” the figure skater said in an interview with the figure skating federation website. “But in such a short time, the injury could not be completely healed. In Osaka, after a short one, I felt worse. I followed the free program with strong painkillers.”

Despite this, Evgenia was determined to fight to the end and go out on the ice in any conditions. At the Pyeongchang Games, Medvedeva won two silver medals, in individual and team competitions. Her determination and desire to fight manifested in the form of incredible willpower. But her main rival, Alina Zagitova, was injured after her surprising success at the Olympics.

All athletes face difficulties in the post-Olympic season, but for Zagitova these challenges became especially acute due to the burn she suffered.

In December, on the eve of the Russian Championship, rumors arose about Zagitova’s possible withdrawal from the competition due to injury. In Saransk, the jumps were uncertain, which affected the free program. Alina could not get past fifth place and lost the lead to three Tutberidze students: Anna Shcherbakova, Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaya. At the following European Championships, Alina completely ruined her free skate; First place went to Sofia Samodurova, debutant in the competition.

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Only later did it become known that Zagitova acted with a serious burn on her leg, the result of an unsuccessful compress with dimexide. Alina had no choice: the Russian Championship was a selection for the main competitions and refusing to participate in it could mean losing the opportunity to compete at the world level. At the end of the 2018/2019 season, Zagitova triumphantly won the World Championship.

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

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