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That was quick. A few days ago she's competing well at GPF and now, just days later she's quite sick. Makes you wonder if she already had it starting while there... hope she can recover quickly and well. Her season has been stellar so far....

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41 minutes ago, liv said:

That was quick. A few days ago she's competing well at GPF and now, just days later she's quite sick. Makes you wonder if she already had it starting while there... hope she can recover quickly and well. Her season has been stellar so far....

 

The news reminded me of Liza's participation at Finlandia Trophy tbh, in which she skated sick too. I think perhaps she didn't fully recover since then (though her physical condition might have improved enough that she was able to compete), hence her falling sick to pneumonia now?

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Here are some interesting interviews after GPF :tumblr_inline_n18qrbDQJn1qid2nw:

 

Alina Zagitova: I shouldn’t hope that someone wouldn’t do something. I need to do everything myself

 

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Did you have thoughts to withdraw?

– No, at that moment I remembered Yuzuru Hanyu, who performed at the Grand Prix in Moscow with a much more serious injury. I realized: to be an athlete, it is necessary to overcome difficulties. Everything can not be smooth.

 

After the Grand Prix Final, what conclusions did you make?

– It is necessary to polish the program completely, not to skate so stiff as I did. I have a huge room for growth. My record, if I am not mistaken, is 238 points. Here I got 226. Wow how much I have to work!

 

Is it necessary to look at the rivals who jump triple axel?

– The most important lesson I learned from this Grand Prix finals: I understood that I should not hope that someone would not do something. I need to do everything myself.

 

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Do you read everything that they write about you on social networks?

– I don’t go there to read it. Just look on Instagram who posted new photos, food recipes. But sometimes some headlines catch your eyes, and it is impossible not to read all this.

 

This is popularity.

– Sometimes it bothers.

 

Have you try to treat this hype with irony?

– I tried. Anyway, sometimes these things make me angry, but I already knew that this’s a way to nowhere. Everyone will never love you.

 

In France, I spoke with Zhenya Medvedeva, she said that the accusations of betrayal make her most angry. What angers you the most in these comments?

– It makes me angry, when I perform not as good as everyone expects me to, and many immediately start to write: well, that’s it, she cannot. These are couch critics. They just don’t know who the athlete is. This is the same if I will comment on another sport without knowledge about it. They haven’t been in my place, they are not involved in any sport, they do not know how hard it is to be a professional athlete, how difficult everything is at this level. I repeat: they have never been in my place and never will be. And when I realize this, it calms me.

 

There is a category of people who get motivated by such hate, they laugh at their haters and do their work even better, looking at this couch criticism.

– Now I also try to treat this with irony, with laughter, because sometimes it is really funny.

 

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva: I’m pleased that in the Grand Prix Final I’m the oldest athlete, It flatters me

 

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Did you felt despair over this several not the most successful years, when work didn’t bring results, but more and more young girls striving to take theirs appeared around?

 

– This invasion didn’t started now, moreover, it started with me and Adelina Sotnikova. There’s no point to talk whether this is good or bad. I just take the situation for granted and am not going to give up the pleasure to compete, the business of my whole life. On the contrary, I like that there is such high competition in women’s skating now and I can stand it. I’m pleased that in the Grand Prix final I’m the oldest athlete. It flatters me.

 

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When we spoke at the beginning of the season, you said that the new rules were made primarily for those athletes whose advantage is mature and beautiful skating, not a lutz-loop at the end of the program. What do you think now, when you see that even with no mistakes performance you are still much inferior in the second mark to Alina Zagitova, Rika Kihira? Does this mark shows the reality?

 

– I’m used to it. I think that my figure skating is what it is. Probably, I can be called a representative of the old school, when I grew up and developed as an athlete, jumps were the cornerstone, then everything else. After all, I debuted at the senior level pretty early, I successfully performed there, so what I can do on the ice was always enough. Of course, we are trying to make my skating more component, but it is much more difficult for me to do this than for younger girls. I’m fully aware of this. Those who are just starting to skate at the senior level, they grew up in the new system. They began to skate perceiving very organically all the requirements for the program. They taught their jumps from difficult entries, they showed something that I never had to do. Therefore, it isn’t easy for me to compete with them in this.

 

At the same time, I know for sure that people like my skating, I also like it, by the way, judges assess it quite well generally. It’s just different. Perhaps more technical. I don’t think this is a disadvantage. Besides, as I have already said more than once, it would be naive to expect high PCS after I missed almost four years of performances. If I successfully perform at a couple of competitions, the PCS will probably start to rise.

 

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