Elizaveta Tuktamisheva out of Junior Worlds, replaced by Polina Shelepen
The winner of 2012 Youth Olympics, 2011 Skate Canada and 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard Elizaveta Tuktamisheva will not take part at the World Junior Championships which will be held from February 29 to March 4 in Minsk, Belarus.
She will be replaced by the 2012 Russian Junior silver medalist and 2011 Junior Grand Prix Final silver medalist Polina Shelepen.
This decision is due to the need to prepare for the new season, which will be her first full season at the senior level, said her coach Alexei Mishin to RIA Sport.
“We decided to concentrate on preparing for the new season, on learning the most difficult elements and not being until the end of the season in the junior’s environment,” said Mishin.
“There are two ways: you can either prepare for the main event of the life or just prepare for upcoming competitions. So, to prepare for the main event of the life, we must now practice a triple axel, while at the junior level you can win without such complex elements,” he continued.
“We work for the future, for the main event – the Olympic Games in Sochi, so we devote the time for creating new programs, finding new choreographic decisions and so on.” Mishin noted.
Summing up the performances of Elizaveta in the current season, which was her last at the status of junior, Mishin said that many skaters can just dream about such beginning of skating at the senior’s level.