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Elizaveta Sergeyevna "Liza" Tuktamysheva ( ; born December 17, 1996 in Glazovmarker, Russiamarker) is a Russian figure skater. She is the 2009 Russian silver medalist and Russian Junior silver medalist. She is coached by Svetlana Veretennikova in her home town Glazovmarker and by Alexei Mishin, whom she visits in Saint Petersburgmarker on a weekly basis. Mishin has been criticized for making Tuktamysheva participate in the Russian Championships at only 12 year old.

Career

Tuktamysheva started skating at the age of five. Figure skating coach Alexei Mishin noticed Tuktamysheva at the competitions in Belgorodmarker in 2006 and invited her to Saint Petersburg to train under him. However her family could not afford to move to a big city, which is why Tuktamysheva lives in her home town Glazovmarker and visits Mishin in Saint Petersburg every two weeks, spending nights in a dormitory.

In 2008, she placed 10th at the 2008 Russian Championships. In 2009 she won the silver medal at the Russian Championships, after placing 4th in the short program and made a few apparent mistakes in the free skating. She placed 2nd with a margin of 0.67 points behind champion Adelina Sotnikova, who is half a year older than Tuktamysheva.

In 2009, when she won her national silver medals, she was not old enough to compete at an ISU Figure Skating Championships. She will be old enough to compete in ISU Junior competition in the 2010-2011 season. She will not be old enough to compete in senior ISU Championships until the 2012-2013 season, although Mishin calls her "main hope for gold medal at the Sochi Olympics".

Competitive highlights

Event 2006—2007 2007—2008 2008—2009
Russian Championships 10th 2nd
Russian Junior Championships 8th 9th 2nd


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