Alina Zagitova: 2018 Russian National Champion Apr 12, 2019 18:30:38 GMT
Post by Admin on Apr 12, 2019 18:30:38 GMT
Russian figure skating star Alina Zagitova has revealed the struggles she faced ahead of the recent world championships in Japan, saying she was on the verge of “quitting and leaving” as she struggled to find form.
Zagitova claimed gold in Saitama earlier in March, adding a maiden world title to the Olympic gold medal she claimed in South Korea last year.
The 16-year-old Russian was in dominant form in Japan, where she finished ahead of rising Kazakh star Elizabet Tursynbayeva, and Russia's Evgenia Medvedeva in third.
But Zagitova revealed in a wide-ranging interview that she had struggled in the build-up to the event, which came around two months after she had finished second at the European championships in Belarus in January.
“After the European championships, I changed my mind a lot, I wanted to work, to run, to train,” Zagitova said in the interview published on the Russian Figure Skating Federation website.
“But the closer it got to the world championships, the more nervous I got. I thought all the time: the start is already soon, which last year I lost [came fifth]…
“And with these nerves came problems with my jumps. My jumps weren’t working out, and I got even more nervous.
“I didn’t know how to sort things out, and began to behave in the wrong way, my trainers said one thing, and I did the opposite.
“In my head I understood that it wasn’t right, but I couldn’t do anything about it.”
“No one, apart from me, my trainers and others close to me, knows how hard it was for me to prepare for this championship.
“My trainers had to pull me out [of the situation], because nothing was working out in training. I was on the edge, and I even thought about quitting everything, leaving.
“But my trainers really helped me. They didn’t force me, they found the right words. No psychologists worked with me.
“The psychologists are my trainers, and they helped me prepare for this championship,”nshe added.