Evgenia Medvedeva Out Of Grand Prix Of Figure Skating
It’s unfortunate and it’s going to be a Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final game-changer: Evgenia Medvedeva has had to drop out of the Grand Prix Final due to having fractured bones in her right foot.
The Russian figure skating champion began feeling discomfort in her foot already prior to the very first Grand Prix of the year, the Rostelecom Cup, which is hosted in Moscow. She decided to compete nonetheless and managed to secure the gold. The situation repeated itself at the NHK Trophy in Japan. Again Medvedeva pushed through, again leaving with a gold medal.
Shortly after however, Medvedeva started to experience severe discomfort, resulting in her seeking medical relief. An MRI scan revealed that the metatarsal bone in the Russian’s right foot was in fact fractured.
Medvedeva’s absence from the Grand Prix Final is bound to change the entire dynamic of the event and it will be interesting to see what will transpire in her absence. Her place to compete will be passed down to Satoko Miyahara of Japan.
Medvedeva, who has won her last two Grand Prix Finals by a wide lead each, is considered to be practically untouchable in the world of figure skating.
Injuries Run Amok Among Men Too
On the men’s side of the competition there is a number of notable injuries too, most prominent that of Jin of China. Jin has dropped out of the final competition due to having sprained both of his ankles at Skate America recently.
Jin’s spot will be occupied by American pro-skater Jason Brown. This creates an interesting change for the finals. It will be the first final in eight years where three American men will be competing.
Up And Coming
Russia is renowned for producing world class figure skaters, most recently up and coming young star Alina Zagitova. Having recently moved up from the junior league into the senior competition, Zagitova has managed to make the transition look absolutely effortless. In fact, it’s hard to believe that the youngster only appeared on the international scene a year and a half ago.
According to Zagitova, it hasn’t been all easy. She reports having enjoyed her first senior Grand Prix in China, saying that initially it had been a daunting prospect and that she did not know what to expect and whether the audience or judges would approve of her or like her.
Not everything went to plan during her first Grand Prix skating events. But thanks to an excellent skating program (one that Medvedeva had also been a part of), Zagitova soon improved considerably.
This year will reveal the extent of that improvement.
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