Two-time World champion Evgenia Medvedeva has put her anticipated return to competition on hold. The 20-year-old figure skating star has withdrawn from the second stage of the Cup of Russia series due to aggravating back pain.
There were reports earlier this week that sources close to the athlete said she was unsure about her participation, as her back issues hadn’t resolved. This issue has been haunting Medvedeva for years; the skater will be visiting a neurosurgery clinic in Moscow on Friday for an examination, and her recovery timeline should be known sometime next week.
Last month Medvedeva withdrew from the first stage of the Cup of Russia series due to the same problem. In mid-September, she made headlines after returning to train with longtime coach Eteri Tutberidze. The two last worked together at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where Medvedeva won the silver medal.
Evgenia Medvedeva’s Instagram post and translation to English:
Also withdrawing from the second stage of the Cup of Russia series is 18-year-old Elizaveta Nugumanova. She made a post on Instagram saying that she has suffered a leg injury and will be unable to compete.
Elizaveta Nugumanova’s post on Instagram:
Nugumanova took part in the St. Petersburg test skates in September and placed third in the closed-door event.
Already one of only three pairs couples scheduled for the event – Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov – have also withdrawn from the competition. The 2019 World Junior champions are forced to do so due to Galliamov testing positive for COVID-19. Every other athlete coached by Tamara Moskvina – including Mishina – are healthy and have not tested positive for the coronavirus.
The updated list of participants at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series can be found here.