SHORT PROGRAM

Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

A Russian Phenom

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Susan D. Russell
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva

People were talking about Elizaveta Tuktamysheva long before she hit the junior circuit last season.

A year later, at age 14, the rising Russian star lived up to the hype at her debut on the senior international circuit, claiming gold at both her Grand Prix events and qualifying for the Grand Prix Final.

“I basically expect to win if I do everything that I am capable of,” she said following her victory at the French Grand Prix, where she defeated Carolina Kostner and Alissa Czisny.

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Originally published in February 2012

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