Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva out of world champs due to recurring leg injury ⛸️❌ https://t.co/4Q471yqDOU— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) March 13, 2018
Evgenia Medvedeva is withdrawing from Worlds due to the leg injury that forced her to withdraw from the Grand Prix Final and Russian Nationals. She rushed her recovery to be able to compete at the European Championships and Olympics where she won the silver medal behind teammate Alina Zagitova. She was fighting painful sensations at the Olympics and the pain increased after arriving home from Korea. Her doctor has advised her to stop jumping for four to eight weeks to avoid surgery being necessary. She was the 2016 and 2017 world champion and will not be able to go for her third consecutive title.
Stanislava Konstantinova will replace her. She just competed and came in 4th place at the Junior World Championships. If you’re wondering how she can compete as both a junior and senior, she is 17 and anyone from age 13 to 19 can compete as a junior and anyone who turns 15 before July 1st can compete as a senior.
None of the 2017 World Champions will be able to defend their titles. Evgenia, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Sui Weinjing (pairs champion with Han Cong) have all withdrawn due to injuries that they competed on at the Olympics. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir withdrew due to retirement.
Wishing speedy recoveries for everyone who is injured <3. Ugh I’m so upset that Russian federation pushed Konstantinova for both junior and senior Worlds. Anastasia Gubanova (junior) and Polina Tsurskaya (senior) score much higher internationally and deserved to go instead.