Mishin complains about absence of necessary conditions for his students

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva with coaches Alexei Mishin and Svetlana Veretennikova

Alexei Mishin, a coach of Russia’s Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, believes that St. Petersburg does not have sufficient conditions for the proper trainings of his students.

This past weekend Tuktamisheva won gold at the 2014 Nebelhorn Trophy ahead of her team-mate Alena Leonova and the reigning U.S. national champion Gracie Gold. This was her first win at senior international event since 2011 Trophée Éric Bompard.

“This victory is certainly important, and I want to believe that it will serve as a springboard for further results,” Mishin said Russian skating federation’s website. “However, this success is not a guarantee that the next results are sure to follow. Much will depend on professionals who surround Liza, on her mood, and on training conditions,” he continued.

The famous Russian coach is sure that in order to achieve high results in our times it is necessary to have a team of experts, including a doctor and masseur, which his team lacks now.

“We really need good training conditions. Such athletes as Elizaveta Tuktamisheva should have enough ice and they should not train in the crowd of beginning skaters,” Mishin noted.

“I think that they (Russian skating fed) should create acceptable conditions for the preparation of those few top-level athletes who still remain in St. Petersburg,” he said.

Answering to questions about Tuktamisheva’s past problems, Mishin noted that when the period of growing up comes, the coach should make a step aside to give the body opportunity to pass its way and start working again.

“In this case it will take more time and it’s riskier. You can expect a barrage of criticism, something like, “Where is that coach looking? The athlete’s weight is going up! She doesn’t look after herself!” and so on.

All this is difficult mentally, especially when it coupled with a decrease or lack of results. After all, with weight and growth changes the technique will “break” too. But in the end (of growing period) results come back,” Mishin concluded. 

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