Thursday, May 3, 2012

Future Promises: Elizaveta Tuktamisheva

Elizaveta Tuktamisheva is just one of the Russian gifted girls. From next year we're going to see a lot of babies entering the senior circuit. Elizaveta had already done her senior debut during the 2011 grand prix series where she proved to be one of the top contenders. She was the only lady who won two grand prix golds (at Skate Canada and Trophee Eric Bompard) with consistency and charactere. She showed to feel pressure just at the final, where, due to a weak short program, she couldn't take a medal. Anyway, she continued her season with a win at Youth Olympic Games (see my post about it here) against her team mate and long time rival Adelina Sotnikova.

Elizaveta has a wonderful jumping technique including all the triples (except triple axel) and a very consistent triple lutz-triple toe combo. Her weaknesses are on the components score at the moment. If we can forgive her for interpretation abilities considering her very young age (she's still fifthteen), it is pretty sure that she has to improve on skating skills and overall speed.  Next season David Wilson will choreograph her programs and from this experience I think she could better her skating and bring it to an upper level. Anyway she has a lovely and charismatic presence on ice that could make her a very interesting skater in the future.

Elizaveta at Skate Canada 2011 (universal sports version above, but since it is geoblocked there is another version below)

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