Until recently, one of the few figure skaters whose plans for the upcoming season were kept secret was Alina Zagitova. A little more than a week ago, it became known that the 2019 world champion in a free program would go on the ice in the image of the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and then choreographer Daniil Gleykhengauz announced that the production of all her numbers was completed. According to him, the short program of the Russian woman will be presented by Israeli singer Yasmin Levy for the song Me Voy.
Its name translates from Spanish as “I am leaving.” In this regard, some fans have suggested that this song was not chosen by chance, and so Zagitova decided to say goodbye to figure skating.
“I don’t like the message of this song,” wrote one of the users of social networks.
Be that as it may, the Russian woman herself is hardly thinking now about retirement. In October, she will perform at the Japan Open team, organized by the local Speed Skating Federation, in which leading figure skaters of Japan, Europe and North America compete. Zagitova, who became the winner of the women's tournament in 2018, will present the continent together with compatriot Alexandra Trusova, as well as Spaniard Javier Fernandez.
In addition, together with the rest of the Russian national team, she will present her new programs in early September at the control rentals, which will be held in Moscow's Luzhniki.
Talents of Tutberidze students
The Olympic medalist Pyonchkhana Syom Uno completed the summer training camp led by Eteri Tutberidze and made an unexpected decision. He said that he intends to continue to prepare for the new season.
“I am not going to look for a new coach soon. Perhaps I will train alone, ”RIA Novosti quotes the Japanese.
In June of this year, Uno announced the termination of cooperation with his perennial coaches, Matiko Yamada and Mihoko Higuchi, with whom he achieved major successes in his career. Many assumed that Tutberidze or Alexei Mishin would take the place of Japanese specialists.
Meanwhile, the students of the Russian mentor continue to amaze with their skills not only on the ice, but also beyond. 11-year-old Valeria Zhilina on an Instagram page shared a fragment of one of her workouts. The girl performed an axel in the hall in three turns, what struck fans of figure skating.
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3 Axel ⛸🤗
Post by Veronika Zhilina (@zhilina_veronika_official) July 11, 2019 at 7:26 am PDT
Competition in the women's national team of Russia is growing from season to season, and in the back yesterday's juniors, who only have to compete in adult competitions, younger athletes are already breathing. So, according to Sochi 2014 champion Ekaterina Bobrova, 13-year-old Kamila Valieva, who is also in the Tutberidze group, can claim the Olympic medals of 2022 in Beijing.
“I immediately had the feeling that she was the first contender for Olympic gold in 2022. It is clear that here the stars should come together, because our champions Alina Zagitova and Zhenya Medvedeva will fight for this medal, as well as the wonderful trio of junior women Tutberidze, who took the first three places in the Russian championship last season. According to my feelings, Valiyeva will come to the peak of the Olympic Games, as Zagitova did in 2018, ”Bobrova suggested in an interview to Sport Express.
At the moment, Valieva has won a victory in the Moscow Open Championship among junior figure skaters.
Two-time world champion Yevgeny Medvedev, who works under the guidance of Canadian specialist Brian Orser, decided to distract herself from the training process and spend her free time on one of the farms located near Toronto. The Russian woman shared with Instagram followers photos of strawberries and cherries collected by her. In the comments under the post she joked that such berries grow in the “village of Torontovka”.
The athlete has repeatedly admitted that in Canada, her lifestyle is different from what she was accustomed to at home. She noted that in addition to her attitude to work, her habits and her perception of herself changed.
“I opened up to the world more, changed my diet, my outlook on life, in a sense, my hobbies. I draw and do it quite well. I don’t show my drawings to anyone, because this is personal to me. These are mostly portraits, landscapes, unusual illustrations that reflect my state of mind. Passed on a vegetable diet and products that have everything you need. I feel that it helps my body, ”Medvedeva quotes the official website of the International Skating Union (ISU).
Breathing with relief now can Zagitova, who got into an unpleasant situation in early May. The Olympic champion posted on her Instagram page a video of her driving a car in the countryside near her native Izhevsk. The local traffic police was interested in the video, and subsequently, with respect to the athlete, an investigation was initiated into the fact of driving a car by a person who does not have the right to drive a vehicle. However, in mid-July the case was terminated due to the expiration of the statute of limitations.
The world of figure skating is periodically shaken by ambiguous tricks of athletes and scandals. However, according to the 2002 world champion Ilya Averbukh, all of them only benefit sport.
“It’s better that when figure skating isn’t spoken or remembered every four years during the Olympics. I'm more afraid that everyone will get tired of the foam and stop discussing. And it’s better to discuss, it always popularizes the sport, ”RIA Novosti quotes the choreographer.
The very same athlete refrains from commenting on the incident and pleases fans of his work by sharing videos with a dog named Masaru. So, together with her beloved pet, Zagitova took part in a popular flash mob on opening the bottle cap. However, unlike many other stars, the skater did not use her sporting skills and used the dog's paw as a tool.
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Publication by Alina Zagitova's Fanpage (@teamzagitova) July 15, 2019 at 8:59 PDT