Elizabet Tursynbaeva retires

Elizabet Tursynbaeva at the 2019 Shanghai Trophy on October 4, 2019. (Photo by Fred Lee/Getty Images)

2019 World silver medalist Elizabet Tursynbaeva announced on Instagram that she has decided to retire from competitive figure skating because of ongoing issues with injuries.

Tursynbaeva wrote, “Dear fans, I decided to end my career as a professional athlete. It is not easy for me to share this news with you… Many of you know that my back has been bothering me for a long time. Unfortunately, I did not manage to overcome this injury to the end, and therefore full-fledged training became impossible. For me, the completion of this chapter in my life means the beginning of a new one. At the moment I am in Kazakhstan, and until the end of the year I will work here, helping children, inspiring them and sharing my experience with them. I have always wanted to develop figure skating in my country, and I finally got this opportunity.

I am infinitely grateful to my parents for everything they have done for me and continue to do. Thanks to everyone who helped me become stronger and always supported me: the leadership of the Kyzylorda region, the National Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Sports and Culture.

I would also like to thank the entire coaching staff of Tutberidze: Eteri Georgievna, Sergey Viktorovich and Daniil Markovich for the work done with me, for the historical moments in my career, for faith in me, for the best programs. I want to thank every coach I have ever worked with. Now I have invaluable experience that I can share with the future generation.

My first start in the international arena was in 2011, exactly ten years have passed since this tournament, more than 50 international starts (Asian Games, Youth Olympic Games, World Winter Universiade, Championships of four continents, World Championships, Olympics and other international starts) and 39 medals of various denominations.

Sixteen years in big sports… there was everything: the joys of the first victories, and despair, and injuries. But all these years you have always been there, my dear fans. Your wishes and sincere support inspired and inspired me, I felt that you, my people, needed me, and this gave me tremendous energy. Your faith in me and in the future will help me to reach new heights in various fields.

During her career, the 21-year-old Kazakh figure skater won silver medals at two major competitions – the 2019 World Championships and the 2019 Four Continents Championships. She is a three-time Kazakhstani national champion, won the bronze medal at the 2016 Youth Winter Olympics, medaled at eight Challenger Series competitions, and placed twelfth at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Tursynbaeva last participated in a competition during the first week of October 2019 at the Shanghai Trophy. She won the silver medal, finish just behind Olympic medalist and two-time World champion Evgenia Medvedeva.

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