Nina Mozer told about Ksenia Stolbova’s injury and plans for the season
First, good news: Nov 14 Ksenia returned to trainings on ice.
Yesterday she went back on ice, put on skates. I can’t answer When we’ll start to do difficult elements. We have already started several times, hurried, we have a great desire to do it. We move slowly to the loads and then her toes turns off, and we again start treating. So, how can I answer this question? – Mozer said
Here’s a part from another interview with Mozer, where she explains what actually happened with Ksenia.
N.M.: – To stop all the speculation, I explain in detail what actually happened. When we were doing choreography for new programs, Ksenia skated in her old “Jackson” boots. In parallel, we made a new boots. At the Grand Prix Final in Barcelona we met with representatives of the factory and asked to make for Ksenia a tougher boots of the same model. But, as it turned out later, after Kseniya and Vlad Zhovnirsky flew to Canada, our request wasn’t passed to the company’s management, and they did a boots not as we have requested. Side “ankle”, which in the old models were wide enough, on the new one was two centimeters narrower, and the shoe tongue and laces became a dominant part of the boot. In addition, the shoe tongue on the right boot was normal and on the left was slightly denser. As a result, the laces even slided apart and dug into the periosteum.
In July we tried a new boots. All skaters know what does it mean to break in new boots. Calluses and abrasions … You have to endure. The problem is Ksenia has been enduring for a long time. She’s very patient man. On new boots we started to do a quadruple throw, and almost reached the point when it started to turn out. But an athlete started to have pain in her left leg. Moreover, to such extent that Ksenia began to draw in the left leg. On the place of lacing appeared a swelling. We went to a doctor. Unfortunately, the specialist, who was recovering Ksenia and Fedor before the World Championships, at that time was on vacation. We were sent to other specialists of FMBA, who diagnosed an inflammation of the periosteum. One of the doctors who had previously treated Ksenia in St. Petersburg, volunteered to help and carry out the treatment, after which the situation has worsened. On the eve of departure to the training camp in Italy Ksenia’s leg swollen. There started an aggravation, nerve got inflamed. No methods were helping. She had to leave training camp.
Worst of all, she lost feeling in three toes. For some time she wasn’t able to walk, the pain was so strong. We went to the most serious professionals. We have tried different methods and treatments, but nothing helped. The situation is complicated by the fact that Ksenia is an allergies, and many drugs are contraindicated her. And it was a risk to try something else in the situation, which has recently been developed around our sport. Athletes from other countries are allowed therapeutic exceptions. But the Russians should be healed with “bread and sausage”. Therefore, treatment was prolonged.
We was confronted with the fact that the operation is necessary. To clean adhesions that formed. The third toe on her left leg didn’t bend. And without that there’s nothing to do in figure skating. It’s impossible to push and jump. Guys were doing lifts, twist, step sequences, spins, everything except throws and jumps. Without these elements you can skate in shows, but not at competitions.
The only way out was to go to our Jorge in America. He’s worked with Ksenia for three weeks. His cure is only his hands. He’s a great diagnostician and healer. Treatment proceeded difficult, but at the end the sensitivity of the fingers restored.
Will the guys have time to prepare for the Russian Nationals?
– We are discussing it. We agreed that November 15th we’ll go back to ice trainings, Nov 21st we’ll make a decision. Such athletes as Stolbova and Klimov gain shape quickly. We have already recovered from various injuries.
How do you think, such a long break won’t prevent their further performances?
– Only God knows it. The other day we were talking with the guys. Their goal is Olympic Games. There is an unrealized dream. They want it. And the task of all adults who are close to them, to help them in this.
And then, we didn’t choose this situation ourselves. In sports, no one is safe from injury. What if, on the contrary, this break will give them a boost, increase their desire to compete. They miss competitions. After Olympics everything went hard, through ‘I can’t’, ‘I don’t want to’ now it’s another story. I myself went through this, because as coach I also had my first Olympics. When all is well and successfull, you realize that you did a good job, get tremendous satisfaction. But time passes, and you need to start all over again. The question immediately arises: why, what for?