13-year-old Russian figure skater Veronika Zhilina – who won the opening stage of this season’s International Skating Union (ISU) Junior Grand Prix series in Slovakia – suffered an injury and has withdrawn from this upcoming week’s Junior Grand Prix event in Poland.
According to two-time Olympic gold medalist Evgeni Plushenko – who coached Zhilina at his figure skating academy Angels of Plushenko – she suffered a ligament injury but continued to train. He is hopeful that Zhilina will still compete this season. Plushenko’s full Instagram post read: “News of the day! The entire Internet has been replete with since yesterday! Literally! Source: “Veronica Zhilina broke her leg!” What kind of source the media does not indicate! Another stuffing of journalists for the sake of beautiful headlines and sensations! And this stuff is read by fans and enthusiasts of figure skating and adequate journalists, who sometimes think that the profession of a journalist is still a profession, and at least investigation and clarification of data! These are, of course, gossipers, not professionals, but even they should understand that they are lying about the health of a child who recently turned 13 years old! Veronika was injured in the gym – a ligament injury in the ankle joint, but continues to train in light mode. We are treating the leg and waiting for permission from the doctors, when she will be able to fully start skating. Nika is a very strong girl! I am more than sure that you will see her again at the competition starts this year!!!”.
Zhilina has been replaced by compatriot Elizaveta Kulikova at the ISU Junior Grand Prix stage in Poland.
Earlier it was reported by Russian sports channel Match TV that Zhilina broke her leg and will miss the next 2 to 3 months. On Telegram, journalist Vladislav Zhukov wrote that the figure skater did not suffer a bone fracture but tore an ankle ligament.