At least Adelina and Liza really tried, they didn't give up on anything out there! Whereas Leonova looked to be sleepwalking and not even trying. All 3 of the Russian ladies at JUNIOR worlds outscored her, with junior programs at a competition that was modestly marked compared to this one where judges were handing out huge scores like candy. I don't care if Gosviani would have had a similar result, she'd at least get a score she earned and actually try. Apparently Leonova still only eats one meal a day and brags about it on her blog? What in the world...does she not realize that nutrition is a primary factor in an athlete's performance?? How does she expect to get good results when she is being so shortsighted in regards to her personal health, intaking about 1/4 of the energy she needs on a daily basis? Honestly Leonova just comes across as selfish and entitled to me now...
I think we have an explanation for Leonova's problems with jumps this season. She wrote on her blog that she survives only on Starbuck breakfast and green apples. And she seems to be proud of it; she thinks that she is training her willpower. Sometimes she was out of strength by the end of a practice, but she thinks it was OK, because she had done the main part of the work in the beginning of it. Poor girl! Surely that's not the way forward!
Google translation of article in which Piseev defends the decision to send Kovtun: http://translate.google.com/translat...147607855.html
Maxim Kovtun, "Someday all shut their mouths - but only if I win": http://translate.google.com/translat...147577823.html
Short interview with Bobrova/Soloviev: http://translate.google.com/translat...147607358.html- Do you really paid much attention to what they write about you on the Internet?
- When I see your name on the Internet, I can not bring myself to read it. And if I see something bad, it is a shame. And I always want to prove something, but the strength just does not happen enough to prove all over! One day all will close their mouths - but only when I'm all win. When I go out on the ice, I forget about everything. I only elements and dyhalka. On the Internet I read only for myself, it's my cockroaches. I am such a person that is important to me the opinions of others. But if everyone would speak ill of me, I stop paying attention to it.
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"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
If Kovtun wants to continue the figure skating, he has to get used the intrigue, malice, and injustice and envy ... it's such a sport.
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Without knowing any more than what she has posted in her blog and what was in that interview to which TAHbKA linked recently, I would say that this is the most probable explanation:
She has said that she doesn't feel comfortable in the United States and misses Novogorsk immensely. The fact that younger skaters like Tuktamysheva and Sotnikova are now old enough to be sent to ISU championships only adds to the stress. I can see how she would use food restrictions to deal with her feelings.Disordered eating can be one behavior or multiple behaviors that are either exhibited for long periods or only present during times of stress or extreme emotions. When certain behaviors are exhibited together for a certain amount of time an eating disorder may be present. The following behaviors are associated with disordered eating:
· Following strict food rules
· Cutting entire food groups from your diet, except for religious reasons
· Eating the same “safe” foods every day
· Extreme calorie restriction
· Thinking about food more than 50 percent of the time
· Intentionally skipping meals to lose weight
· Considering foods to be good or bad....
There are two main reasons why people develop disordered eating. One is because the individual is trying to achieve unrealistic body ideals portrayed in the media, including thinness. The second is using food and/or restricting to try and manage emotions and control stress. Often times both are present in the individual.
When she trains in Novogorsk, she can get all her meals at the canteen. In Simsbury, she stays at a hotel, and I have no idea whether it's one of those "suite" hotels that might have a kitchenette. Even though Leonova is an adult, her coach does bear some responsibility for making sure that she (1) knows what her options are for eating properly and (2) gets help if her eating habits are out of whack.
If the skaters are lighter weight, it is easier to jump, not only is esthetic problem...
Leonova is on diet ??? odd she looks heavier this Season
And Alena may have an eating disorder in which case I am very sorry for her and hope she finds help. But by saying entitled, I more meant, if she is bragging about such behavior on her blog, it would indicate she is proud of herself, in a way it's like, look how well I can skate while not taking care of my body! Honestly, as an elite athlete it's a responsibility of her's to know about and adhere to proper nutrition. So to whine about how she deserves to go to the World championships when something is so seriously out of whack with what it should be - that is being entitled, and her poor performance should come as no shock to anyone who is aware about how she is damaging her health by ignoring proper nutritional guidelines.
http://en.alena-leonova.ru/blog/the_.../2013-03-13-47I was training my willpower by refusing to eat any unhealthy food.
And, she has in the past posted a photograph of herself eating shaved ice drenched in syrup: http://en.alena-leonova.ru/blog/japa.../2012-08-18-41.
I think she thinks she's taking care of herself, but I don't she is looking at things in the same way that you are.