Sinitsina and Katsalapov withdraw from Russian Nationals

Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov (Photo by Oleg Nikishin – International Skating Union)

Reigning European and two-time Russian champions Victoria Sinitsina and Nikita Katsalapov have withdrawn from the 2021 Russian National Figure Skating Championships which start on December 24 in Chelyabinsk.

TASS reported that Alexander Kogan, the General Director of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, said: “Sinitsina and Katsalapov will miss the Russian Championship, the doctors did not recommend them to go out on the ice for 7-10 days.”

Alexander Zhulin, coach of Sinitsina and Katsalapov, also told the Russian news agency that “In general, they can go out on the ice but can only skate half-way; the fever lasted for many days. We will skate but we just need to get in shape normally, work carefully, not force anything. Maybe the World Championships will take place.”

25-year-old Sinitsina and 29-year-old Katsalapov withdrew from the test skates of the Russian national team in mid-September due to a Katsalapov’s back injury. Later, the skaters performed the rhythm dance at the second stage of the Cup of Russia series in Moscow but could not complete the free dance due to pain in Sinitsina’s knee. As a result, the skaters withdrew from the third stage of the series in Sochi after Sinitsina was diagnosed with inflammation of the knee tendon.

The couple took part in the Russian stage of the ISU Grand Prix series last month and won first place but then missed the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series due to an illness.

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