Russian figure skating star Alina Zagitova was forced to compete through the pain at the national championships in December after she badly burned and blistered her foot prior the tournament, it has been revealed.
The reason for Zagitovas underwhelming performance at the nationals – which served as the main selection to the Russian team – has been shown after the skaters fan group posted a series of pictures showing a sizable burn on her right foot, surrounded by blisters she received from intensive training.
The reigning Olympic champion produced an underwhelming performance at the national trials, finishing in a disappointing fifth place behind junior skaters who swept the podium in Saransk.
Zagitovas error-riddled free routine in particular led critics to discuss her possible exclusion from the team for international events.
The 16-year-old, however, did not cite the injury for her poor results, merely saying that she needed to train harder to make her jumps more solid and stable.
On, Friday the skaters fan page TeamZagitova published pictures of the athletes damaged foot, asking followers to imagine the amount of pain Zagitova was forced to withstand to make it to the national team.
“We all remember the words of Daniil Markovich (Gleikhengauz) during the Exhibition Gala of the Russia Figure Skating Championships in Saransk about Alinas burn,” the post says.
“This carousel post contains the photo of that burn. Its hard to imagine how difficult it was for her to train and compete. No comment is needed. She went through it with DIGNITY! Our hero! Thank you! And please take care of yourself!
“PS: When we received those photos the first thing we did was a question to Alina Is it the truth? She confirmed it. The publication is authorizedRead More – Source