Former Russian prodigy tries to overcome injuries, psychological issues
For Elizaveta Tuktamisheva, this past season could be considered a turning point in her career. Indeed, the 17-year-old, who in 2011 achieved unexpected victories at both of her Grand Prix events and initiated a Russian "avalanche" in ladies figure skating, failed to qualify for the Olympic team.
The 2013 European bronze medalist and 2013 national champion had to face the challenges of a transition period, involving a variety of ailments and psychological issues, which greatly impacted her results. She began last season by winning a bronze at the 2013 Finlandia Trophy, and then finished fourth at both of her Grand Prix assignments and 10th at the Russian championships.
She sustained an ankle injury in March at the Russian Cup Final. The resulting tests showed she had torn a ligament. After a difficult recovery period, the skater resumed training. This month, she joined Alexei Mishin's training camp in Pinzolo, Italy, where she is working on her programs for the new season.
Icenetwork talked with the Russian skater about her recovery period, her memories of last season and her future goals.