Tuktamysheva enjoys Canada, prepares to defend the title

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva with coaches Alexei Mishin and Svetlana Veretennikova

By Vladislav Luchianov

Reigning Skate Canada champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva came to North America at the end of last week and now is intensively preparing to defend her title.

Among the top rivals of Elizaveta at the 2012 Skate Canada International, which will take place in the coming weekend, will be the rising Canadian star Kaetlyn Osmond, who won 2012 Nebelhorn Trophy a few weeks ago; 2012 World bronze medalist Akiko Suzuki of Japan and 2012 World junior silver medalist Gracie Gold of the United States.

Also, we should not forget that her teammates Ksenia Makarova and Polina Shelepen will also fight for the podium as well as another Japanese talent Kanako Murakami.

Elizaveta “Liza” Tuktamysheva is now in Toronto, where she’s training for the Skate Canada, which will be held in Windsor, Ontario from October 26–28. World Figure Skating had a short conversation with Elizaveta before her morning training session.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva on training

Elizaveta, my first question is about your physical condition. Are you completely recovered from the injury?

Liza: If evaluate my physical shape on a 10 points scale, I would put myself 8 points.

You came to Canada almost a week before the event. Is this due to acclimatization or to get better acquainted with the host of competitions?

Liza: Yes, you are right. We arrived in Canada in advance to slightly adapt to the local time.

You are the reigning Skate Canada champion. In your opinion, in what the upcoming competitions will be different for you from the last year, except the fact that last year was your senior Grand Prix debut?

Liza: I think the main difference is the experience. Last year I was an unknown debutante girl. This year I just have to perform like I can and not to fall below my level.

And what are your thoughts about the set of competitors?

Liza: The set of competitors is not so important for me because my main rival is always myself.

Many Russian skaters admire the North American autumn. How about you?

Liza: I’m in Toronto now and the weather here is wonderful: sunny, warm, no rain:) It’s just so lovely! And the skating rink, where I’m preparing for the competition, is very good!

A few words about your main purposes.

Liza: I don’t like to predict events as well as make plans for the first place. The main thing for me is just to skate well my programs and then let the judges decide!:)

Editorial Note: This summer, ISU officially changed Liza’s last name spelling: from Tuktamisheva to Tuktamysheva. As Russian is my native language, I can say that the new spelling is more correct. But it would be also very desirable if ISU will make such changes at the very beginning of athletes’ careers.

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