Sad. I always liked her Garbo elegant look on the ice. A nice skater to enjoy.
Poor Vika! She's so beautiful, had SO much natural jumping talent (a 3Lutz most men would die for), and was so beautiful period, but things just never clicked for her. I remember being in a cab with Vika and Sokolova (yes, we picked them up at the mall) before the Goodwill Games in '98. We we all squished in the back with another person and I tried to say something to Vika. I remember she looked more scared of someone trying to talk to her than of doing triple jumps. Although she was still a little bit in that gawky teenager stage, I also thought, "You have no idea how gorgeous you're going to be. You don't even have a clue, you poor thing," because not knowing what you've got is just as bad if not worse than thinking you have what you don't.
Bye Vika. I'll miss seeing you skate.
Ouch that sounds very painful. First a speedy recovery VV and then please come back next year you're my fav Russian gal. Team Russia needs you and so do we.
Talk about bad luck! I am surprised though that Russia is not sending an alternate. Then again, the bronze medalists is now Biktagirova who is probably too young to go. Next after her was Naidenova, Slutskaya's rinkmate, but she wasn't even in any Grand Prix events. The only one with any international experience is Basova (Mishin's student), but she only finished 8th at Nationals.
Wow... so many things can go wrong, eh? You really have to take care of yourself like a super fragile porcelain before such huge competitions.