Alena Kostornaia will miss Russian Nationals due to injury

Alena Kostornaia. (Photo from @kostornaiateam on Instagram)

The Figure Skating Federation of Russia announced on Monday that 2020 European champion Alena Kostornaia will not take part at the Russian Figure Skating Championships from December 23 to 26 in St. Petersburg.

Match TV reported that the 18-year-old figure skater fractured her hand and Kostornaia’s official fan page uploaded a photo of her with a cast.

The post says, “You look at the photo, and tears are welling up themselves. Sometimes fate presents such unpleasant surprises. You never know what will happen tomorrow. Alena has a fracture of her right hand. It takes 6-8 weeks to recover. To say that this is awful is to not say anything at all. I don’t want to believe it. Words are hard to come by. While emotions take over. Therefore, let’s throw out all of them under this post and leave them here, and then we will think in a positive direction and send Alena rays of goodness and a lot of joy. Alena sends everyone a big hello, and also thanks for the support. SHe remains for one more four-year cycle. Alena is a hero. We wish you a speedy recovery! The most important thing is for you to be healthy. Don’t be discouraged, we all really believe in you because you can do everything!”

According to Russian sports news website Sport Express, they attempted to clarify how Kostornaia’s injury occurred; however, she did not provide an answer:

Alena, can I ask you what happened, what kind of injury?
I will not say anything.

That is, journalists will again be accused of spreading rumors? It is logical to ask you, you know best of all.
I am not allowed to comment on anything.

On Tuesday, Kostornaia updated her fans on Instagram with a post:

Kostornaia says, “I want to say a huge thank you to my fans, who always support me, believe in me and make me happy; to all those who write me messages and comments with good wishes. Thank you for believing in me. I am very pleased to receive such kind energy from you. I will try very hard to please you in the future because I will remain in figure skating for another four years. I see all the negative comments as well. Thanks to people and for them. This way you make me stronger. You can say whatever you want but I know I can do anything! With love, yours Alena Kostornaia.”

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