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‘We can do everything’: Disbelieving Elizaveta Tuktamysheva hails ‘women power’ after Russia’s dream night of world figure skating
World Figure Skating Championships hero Elizaveta Tuktamysheva has dedicated her silver medal to "all women in figure skating", admitting that she "can't believe everything" after Russia claimed every podium spot in Stockholm.
Teenage sensations Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova took gold and bronze on a spectacular night for Russian skating on Friday, although much of the attention was focused on Tuktamysheva, who returned to the tournament for the first time since scooping gold in 2015.
A comparatively ancient competitor at the age of 24, Tuktamysheva showed she had lost none of her class as she sent her vast fanbase into raptures by finishing second before shedding tears on the podium.
"I still can't believe everything is like a dream – in a good dream," she told her Instagram following of more than 245,000, accompanying her message with a photo of herself on the ice carrying her medal and bouquet.
"I want to dedicate this victory to all women in figure skating. We can do everything.
"Never give up, go your own way to come at the right time to the right place. Women power."
Known as the 'Empress' by her fans, Tuktamysheva shared some of the many messsages she received in the immediate aftermath of her glory, including photos from her first steps into the sport.
Tuktamysheva added on Twitter: "I’m still can’t believe it. Dreams come true. Thank you all for believing in me."
Adding that he "loved her so much", former US champion Adam Rippon told Tuktamysheva that she had inspired "all of us", while Shcherbakova told her fans that there were "no words – only emotions" as she looked back on photos of her gasping with joy when she heard the results.
"In general, few people doubted [Shcherbakova]," three-time Olympic champion Irina Rodnina told Championat.
"It is evident that it has not been easy for her: she sometimes competed even after illnesses... but she had enough strength, courage and skill.
"I liked the confidence and how courageously Liza Tuktamysheva carries everything. After all, she competes with very young girls, so such a long and loyal service and love for figure skating evokes an extremely positive emotion.
"And, of course, Sasha Trusova surprised. To make the podium from such a long way back... no other athlete has such a set of jumps.
"Despite the mistakes, she still continued to go forward – this commands great respect. Trusova's path to the podium was one of the hardest."
The Swedish capital has been brightened up by bold leotards as various countries compete in the World Figure Skating Championships.
However, Russia is not officially one of them, which is why one particular outfit has caught the eye. It's being sported by skaters representing the Figure Skating Federation of Russia; Russian skaters aren't allowed to compete for their country – there's no tricolour or emblem on their costumes because in 2019 the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned Moscow from all international sport for four years. As a result, entering as members of the federation is the only way to skate for the Russians.
What's more, during the awards ceremony, the Russian national anthem was replaced by Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.
Check out Sputnik's photo gallery to see the most striking skating costumes worn by competitors from the likes of Belarus, France, Italy, Japan, China, and the United States.
Anna Shcherbakova leads Russian world figure skating sweep
Anna Shcherbakova, 16, clinched the women's world figure skating title on Friday, leading a Russian podium sweep only a year from the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
With a total of 233.17 points, Shcherbakova, who also led after the short program, edged compatriots Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, the 2015 world champion (220.46 points), and fellow 16-year-old Alexandra Trusova (217.20).
All was not perfect, however, for Shcherbakova, who fell on her only attempt at a quadruple jump. The rest of her free program was impressively smooth.
"I really don't know what to say. I tried to do my best, I struggled on every element, so I'm not really happy with my performance," said the champion who will turn 17 on Sunday. "But I am first: that was my goal. It was really a struggle. From the first element, it did not go as I wanted, and after, on each element, I said to myself 'I must try to do better and not to lose any points.'"
Trusova, a pupil of former superstar Evgeni Plushenko, had struggled in 12th place in the short program but staged an impressive recovery to make the podium on Friday.
Japan's Rika Kihira had been second going into the final, but she slumped to finish seventh (205.70 points).
The 18-year-old put in a performance without a quadruple jump, a triple Axel that turned into a double and ended in a fall.
Meanwhile, Russia's Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov made the most of the absence of four-time winners Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron to take the rhythm dance program of the ice dancing competition.
The European gold medalists scored 88.15 points skating to "Singin' in the Rain."
"We are quite satisfied with our performance, we were well prepared. In general, we showed what we can do, everything was clean enough, with our soul, easy enough," said Katsalapov. "We need to have a good rest today, sleep well, have a good training session, check again if everything is in place, the whole program, and go out and skate (in free dance) with pleasure."
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'We can do everything': Distrusting Elizaveta Tuktamysheva hails 'ladies power' after Russia's fantasy evening of world figure skating
World Figure Skating Titles legend Elizaveta Tuktamysheva has devoted her silver decoration to "all ladies in figure skating", conceding that she "can't accept everything" after Russia asserted each platform spot in Stockholm.
High school sensations Anna Shcherbakova and Alexandra Trusova required gold and bronze on a terrific night for Russian skating on Friday, albeit a large part of the consideration was centered around Tuktamysheva, who got back to the competition interestingly since scooping gold in 2015.
A nearly old contender at 24 years old, Tuktamysheva showed she had lost none of her group as she sent her immense fanbase into joys by completing second prior to crying tears on the platform.
"I actually can't accept everything resembles a fantasy – in a decent dream," she disclosed to her Instagram following of more than 245,000, going with her message with a photograph of herself on the ice conveying her award and bouquet.
"I need to devote this triumph to all ladies in figure skating. We can do everything.
"Never surrender, head out in a different direction to come at the opportune chance to the correct spot. Ladies power."
Known as the 'Ruler' by her fans, Tuktamysheva shared a portion of the numerous messsages she got in the prompt outcome of her greatness, including photographs from her initial steps into the game.
Tuktamysheva added on Twitter: "I'm actually can barely handle it. Dreams work out as expected. Much thanks to you for trusting in me."
Adding that he "cherished her so much", previous US champion Adam Rippon revealed to Tuktamysheva that she had enlivened "we all", while Shcherbakova disclosed to her fans that there were "no words – just feelings" as she thought back on photographs of her panting with satisfaction when she heard the outcomes.
"As a rule, not many individuals questioned [Shcherbakova]," three-time Olympic hero Irina Rodnina told Championat.
"It is apparent that it has not been simple for her: she once in a while contended even after sicknesses... be that as it may, she had sufficient strength, mental fortitude and expertise.
"I enjoyed the certainty and how fearlessly Liza Tuktamysheva conveys everything. All things considered, she rivals young ladies, so a long and faithful assistance and love for figure skating summons an incredibly sure feeling.
"Also, obviously, Sasha Trusova astonished. To make the platform from far back... no other competitor has a particularly set of hops.
"Regardless of the missteps, she actually kept on going ahead – this deserves incredible admiration. Trusova's way to the platform was one of the hardest."
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