Four wonderful students of Eteri Tutberidze continue to fight for the title of “Favorite Figure Skater of Russia” in the final voting of the “Championship”. Alina Zagitova, Evgenia Medvedeva, Alexandra Trusova and Anna Shcherbakova changed the world of figure skating forever by winning many important medals for the country.

Only Anya has won the gold of the World Championship and the Olympic Games over the past two years, as well as an incredible number of touching and dramatic stories about how an unshakable will to win and a competent strategy make a great skater out of just a good skater.

This is what Shcherbakova differs from other contenders, and therefore you should vote for her. Support Anya!

Who is Russia's favorite figure skater: Zagitova, Shcherbakova, Trusova or Medvedev?  Superfinal!
Who is Russia’s favorite figure skater: Zagitova, Shcherbakova, Trusova or Medvedev? Superfinal!

Shcherbakova is the new Olympic champion

Anna Shcherbakova brought the Russian team one of the most important medals this year, winning the Olympic Games in a hard but fair fight. The path of the student Eteri Tutberidze to the gold of Beijing turned out to be thorny: a few months before the trip to China, they practically stopped believing in the figure skater, doubting that she was worthy of a place in the national team.

The Olympic season began nervously for the athlete – the girl received a ridiculous domestic injury, which is why she started active training later than the rest. Anya got in shape gradually and more slowly than usual, which only fueled rumors about her unpreparedness for the main starts. At the Russian Championship, Shcherbakova even got into a judicial scandal: having purely performed the short program, she was lower than Sofya Muravyova, but then the arbitrators awarded Yevgeny Plushenko’s ward a penalty point for a late start, skipping the Khrustalny pupil forward.

The colossal pressure did not affect Ana in the best way, and she made a serious mistake in the free skate, breaking the only quad and dirtyly performing the Lutz-Rittberger crown combination. After the performance, the athlete could not hold back her tears, believing that she had missed the chance to go to the Olympics. But everything ended well for Shcherbakova: she got into the top three, beating her main rival, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva.

Anna Shcherbakova, Russian Championship

Anna Shcherbakova, Russian Championship

Photo: Alexander Safonov, “Championship”

It seemed that all the unrest on this should have ended, but it was not there. The audience considered Shcherbakova’s bronze unfair and demanded to roll with Tuktamysheva to determine who was stronger. Experts were of the same opinion. For example, Evgeni Plushenko considered such a move rational, but the Russian Figure Skating Federation decided otherwise and sent Anya to the European Championship.

In Tallinn, the figure skater was also imperfect, but perseverance and composure in the free program brought her a well-deserved silver and a ticket to Beijing. And there Shcherbakov could not be stopped! Neither the broken skates on the eve of the competition, nor the scandal with the doping test of Kamila Valieva could undermine her self-confidence. Anya finally peaked, demonstrating crazy concentration in training. Giving out three clean quadruples at a time, she seemed to be saying that she was not going to give up, and at the most crucial moment she did not disappoint. Two wonderful skates made Shcherbakova the heroine of this Olympic cycle – she got the title.

“A mountain has fallen off my shoulders.” Shcherbakova was shamelessly criticized, and she became an Olympic champion!

Overcoming is her forte

The championship character of the figure skater decided the fate of the gold medal, and it has always been so. The pre-Olympic season for Anya also turned out to be difficult; we can say that the whole career of this amazing athlete goes under the motto: “Overcoming is the key to victory.” Even before entering the juniors, Shcherbakova managed to face an unpleasant test: she broke her leg and spent a month and a half in a cast. Anya could only dream of returning to the ice – her parents prayed that her daughter could walk again.

Nevertheless, a miracle happened, and Shcherbakova again ended up in her native school. In Khrustalny Anya was surrounded by love and care and helped to fully recover. The coaches tried not to force things, holding back the skater during intensive training. An inexorable desire to prove herself drove her last year as she struggled with the harsh effects of pneumonia. At the national championship, Shcherbakova struck with heroism, skating both programs to the limit. After a short one, Anya could hardly breathe and was forced to sniff ammonia. Eteri Tutberidze strongly recommended that the student withdraw from the free program, but she refused, and then gave a brilliant performance and became the first.

Having defended the title at the Russian Championship, the skater went to Stockholm for the first World Championship medal. And, fortunately, she immediately turned out to be of the highest dignity: Anya, despite her illness and mistakes, was stronger than her rivals. She ended the season undefeated, winning all the starts in which she took part.

Anna Shcherbakova, World Championship

Anna Shcherbakova, World Championship

Photo: Joosep Martinson/Getty Images

“You have no idea what Anyuta has been through this season. She was so emaciated and emaciated from her illness. She didn’t have a face! Everything was given by incredible labor and through some kind of hellish overcoming. This fragile girl has such a core and character that cannot be described in words. Up there, they see everything. This victory is completely deserved. Even if not everything worked out in the program, but knowing her condition, she is just a hero!” – choreographer Alexei Zheleznyakov admired the feat of Shcherbakova.

“They see everything up there.” The amazing story of overcoming the world champion Shcherbakova

Shadow favorite Tutberidze

Shcherbakova was able to shine in the era of Trusova and Kostornaya, and this is worth a lot. At first, the famous trio TSCHK was perceived as one, but then each skater went her own way. And it was Anya who became Eteri Tutberidze’s personal favorite. But for a long time she did not stand out against the background of the purposeful Sasha, conquering the quads with unimaginable ease, and the spectacular Alena, who, with one triple axel and flawless skating, outperformed her competitors with four-turn jumps. Only after the departure of Trusova and Kostornaya from Khrustalny Shcherbakova had the opportunity to fully express her individuality.

She remained the only adult pupil of Eteri Georgievna, on whom she focused. In the Olympic season, even despite the exit of the magnificent Kamila Valieva into adults and the return of the Russian Rocket, the specialist relied on Shcherbakova, realizing that it would be psychologically difficult for a 15-year-old figure skater to give the maximum result, as well as for Sasha to jump the treasured five quads. The coaching staff tried to experiment with Anya’s programs, but in the end chose a safe option that worked one hundred percent.

The victory at the Games only added to the treasury of Shcherbakova’s achievements – she became the most titled figure skater of this Olympic cycle. One gold of the World Championship and three – the championships of Russia – this is only part of her awards.

Anna Shcherbakova

Anna Shcherbakova

Photo: Dmitry Golubovich, Championship

The right balance of technique and artistry and Ani’s characteristic features allowed her to come forward. The athlete, among other things, has a strategic mindset, quickly analyzing the performances of her rivals and making up the most successful tactics for herself. In addition, her amazing psychological stability speaks in favor of Shcherbakova: she is a vivid example of “plus-start” skaters, and she also knows how to abstract from external stimuli, ignoring the provocations of foreign journalists and the hype about doping or the drama of her group colleagues.

Shcherbakova will never become the main star of Tutberidze.  And why will he win the Olympics?
Shcherbakova will never become the main star of Tutberidze. And why will he win the Olympics?

They say about such athletes: “You go quieter – you will continue”, and therefore their superiority seems even more impressive.

“There is probably such a higher justice in this that the absolutely talented Anechka Shcherbakova won the Olympics, who went through a very difficult road. Right on the Olympic road. And it was important, it’s a big justice.

And I want to talk about her as an Olympic champion. She is a talented, internally rich girl: she speaks well, is well brought up, in a good family. I was sincerely happy for her, for her performance, ”Ilya Averbukh spoke about Shcherbakova, distinguishing her from other Russian figure skaters.

Obviously, she is the most beloved, and, I think, not only with Ilya Izyaslavich.

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