Rooting for underdogs!
Alena Leonova deserves her own retirement thread in GSD! She says in this interview that "this season I staged the programs for Nastya Gubanova" and she and husband Anton Shulepov are expecting a boy around mid-February 2022!
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Серебряная медалистка чемпионата мира 2012 года в одиночном фигурном катании Алена Леонова рассказала о последних новостях в своей жизни, главная из которых –... РИА Новости Спорт, 10.10.2021
- You didn’t officially end your career, if I’m not mistaken?
- I didn't officially end my career, because we planned to make a great show, many eminent skaters wanted to come to it and say warm words, thank them very much. But, unfortunately, due to the pandemic, our plans were thwarted. Lately we have been thinking about this October, we wanted to arrange an event at the Panin Memorial. But I won't go out on the ice anymore, that's why this, most likely, will be canceled. So I ended my career. For two years now I haven’t been preparing for the competition, I have started staging programs, and since this season, thanks to Yevgeny Rukavitsyn, I have recruited an elementary training group and have been working with young children.
She posted the "gender reveal" moment on her Instagram earlier today: https://www.instagram.com/p/CU2BTbOojcr/- My last start was two years ago at the Panin Memorial, and I performed there with a slight injury. Due to the stress during the preparation for the season, my knee bothered, and I skated in pain. Probably, at that moment I realized that, probably, already had enough. And, to be honest, I have not been drawn to the ice since then. Apparently, she was so tired and so emotionally given to skating that I don't want to go to the show, to any ship, or to ice fairy tales. But I still do not lose hope to hold my farewell show in order to say warm words to my family and friends, to coaches, to thank the fans who have supported and believed in me for so many years of my career.
Well, as a coach, I now want to educate my students.