Sotnikova, Tuktamysheva share thoughts on their Euro debut

Adelina Sotnikova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva after taking podium at 2013 European championships

Russian figure skaters Adelina Sotnikova and Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, who won silver and bronze at the 2013 European championships, shared impressions of performing at their first senior’s continental event.

Zagreb medalists took national podium when they were just twelve years old and had already impressed reporters by the depth of their thoughts about figure skating and life.

“Of course, the silver medal at your first European championships is a great result but my popped flip was such a pity! On trainings I can do it with closed eyes. Anyway, today was my best performance of the season. As for my short program – I skated it like never in my life.” Sotnikova said Russian edition Gazeta.

What was your main thought after that popped flip?

Sotnikova: I have no longer a right to even the slightest mistake. I have to go forward like a tank. I was getting ready for the gold but anyway, I think I’ve done very well.

How far above other competitors you should be that no one flip can prevent from winning?

Sotnikova: “You just have to be getting ready for a fight in all parts of skating and then you’ll not be afraid of anyone. You just need to go on the ice and do your job.

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva sincerely rejoiced her success even not being aware of winning a free skating.

“I’m a little euphoric now. I have not performed so well my free skating program for a long time… Perhaps never… On a warm-up I had a feeling that today is my day.” Elizaveta commented. “I felt myself much more confident than before my short program and I wanted very much to prove that nothing is lost.” she noted.

“I just calmed down and decided that I must not think about places or medals. All is simple: you need to go and enjoy the performance.” Elizaveta added.

Photo: Ksenia Nurtdinova

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