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Olympic Queen Shcherbakova comments on retirement rumors — RT Sport News


Olympic champion Anna Shcherbakova has said the uncertain situation surrounding bans on Russian figure skaters could influence the decision to end her career.

Shcherbakova led her team to victory in the Russian Channel One Cup exhibition event over the weekend, after being forced to miss the World Championships in France when Russian and Belarusian entrants were banned by authorities in the figure skating following Moscow’s military offensive in Ukraine.

Shcherbakova admitted after the event in Saransk that she was unsure whether she would return to competition next season, if Russian skaters were allowed to compete.

“At the moment I want to rest, but that doesn’t apply to next season. So far, I think it’s not just confusing for me. Nobody knows what’s in store for us, so I I’ll take a look at the situation.” said the Beijing gold medalist, who turned 18 on Monday.

“For now, I just want to take a break from this season and recover, because even if it was successful, with brilliant moments, it was difficult for everyone.

“I want to take a break, then we will already make a decision closer to the new season.”

When asked if the uncertain future of Russian participation in international events would be a factor in her decision, Shcherbakova replied: “Maybe it will directly affect my decision, yes.”


If she were to retire, Shcherbakova would do so as an Olympic and world champion, three-time Russian champion and two-time European silver medalist – all of which she achieved under the tutelage of famed Eteri Tutberidze.

Commenting on this possibility, veteran workout icon Tatiana Tarasova said Shcherbakova was a “mature” skater who knows what she’s thinking.

“Anna is a smart and mature athlete. She knows what to say and how to behave. She speaks frankly. It’s up to her and her trainer. Tarasova told Championship.

These words were echoed by former ice dancing world champion Ilia Averbukh.

“Anna is a smart girl. She does not speak lightly. said the Olympic medalist turned coach. “I’m sure she’s very tired after two seasons.

“Shcherbakova has convincingly won all figure skating tournaments.

“I don’t think these are [her] last words, but in any case, Anya is a great figure skater who has entered into the history of figure skating.

“If she continues to skate we will be happy, if she finishes her career we will always support her.”


Olympic Queen Shcherbakova comments on retirement rumors — RT Sport News

With her triumph in Beijing, Shcherbakova won three successive Olympic titles in women’s figure skating for Russian contenders.

After winning gold at the Sochi Games in 2014, Adelina Sotnikova officially announced her retirement in 2020, although she hasn’t competed professionally since the 2015-16 season.

Alina Zagitova won gold for Russia at the 2018 PyeongChang Games and went on to claim the 2019 world title, before announcing a career hiatus in December of that year.

Zagitova, 19, has since focused on her studies as well as exhibition performances and various roles on Russian television.


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