Russian Olympic figure skating gold medalist Anna Shcherbakova has announced she will undergo surgery for a knee injury, but reassured fans that “Everything will be alright.”
Shcherbakova, 18, won the women’s singles title at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, adding the Olympic crown to her 2021 world title and a host of other accolades.
But the teenager will now be sidelined after revealing the news of his injury on social media.
“Professional sport is total dedication. Unfortunately, due to my old knee injury, I cannot fully train. In a few days I am going to have surgery. Anyway, I’m sure everything will be fine. Shcherbakova wrote in a message to fans.
According to the general director of the Russian Figure Skating Federation, Aleksandr Kogan, quoted by Match TV, Shcherbakova will undergo her operation in Germany and will fly on Wednesday.
Shcherbakova and her fellow Russian skaters remain banned from competing by the International Skating Union (ISU) due to the conflict in Ukraine, meaning she would have missed the 2022-23 Grand Prix season anyway.
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Moscow-born Shcherbakova is among the biggest stars in her sport, alongside fellow current Russian teenagers Kamila Valieva and Alexandra Trusova. All three are trained by the famous coach Eteri Tutberidze at her base in the Russian capital.
There had been speculation that Shcherbakova might retire after her Olympic success, with the competitive lives of Russian figure skaters often short. However, she later confirmed that she intended to pursue more titles.
Shcherbakova has already dealt with injuries including a broken leg while still a junior in the 2017-18 season.
She bounced back to win the 2019 Russian Championship, later defending her title twice and winning the 2021 senior world title in Stockholm, before her coronation in Beijing earlier this year.
Even though Russian skaters remain excluded from international competition, sports figures inside the country have said national events will be organized to compensate as demand remains high for figures like Shcherbakova to appear in exhibitions.
Last month, Chinese businessman Li Jun of Beijing Global Dynamic Media said the company wanted to organize a tour for Shcherbakova, Trusova and Valieva, adding that they had legions of fans in the country clamoring for them. see play.