Strong character helps Liza to recover quickly

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva

By Vladislav Luchianov

Many figure skating fans have been surprised by the absence of one of the strongest skaters Elizaveta Tuktamisheva at the Russia’s test skating performances, which took place last week.

Her coach, Alexei Mishin, in an interview with Team-Russia 2014 said that Liza has a small knee injury.

“Liza has a transitional period. She turned into a lady. Injuries are a common thing during such period. She is recovering now.” Mishin said. “I think that the person, who last season won over the strongest skaters of the world, should be treated with care. Nobody is insured from similar problems. We just have to be patient.” he noted.

Today I had a conversation with Elizaveta, who confirmed that she is going to participate in all scheduled events of the new season.

“My recovering period is going very well. I can’t wait to perform and to feel the spirit of competitions,” said Liza with a smile. “Unfortunately, the big sport goes together with injuries but I hope that you will see me very soon. Thanks to all my fans for the support!” she added.

Recall that last season Tuktamisheva began with a victory at the Japan Open. She debuted on the senior Grand Prix circuit at Skate Canada, where she won the gold medal, becoming the youngest champion in the event since Tracey Wainman in 1981. She dedicated the win to her late father.

Liza then won gold at 2011 Trophée Eric Bompard to qualify for her first senior Grand Prix Final. Elizaveta is the first ladies skater to win her senior debut event and to win both events in her senior Grand Prix debut. In January, 2012 she won the gold medal at the first Winter Youth Olympic Games.

Photo: Sara Simonato

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