Russian figure skater returned to the pedestals of major competitions after several years of failure, undressed on the ice and landed in a scandal with a joke about Trump.
At the end of 2015, figure skater Elizaveta Tuktamysheva disappeared from the field of view of the media for almost three years after a series of triumphs of world scale, but in 2018 she made herself a bright return with a hint of scandal. we tells how this story began.
Takeoff and after takeoff
For the first time the name of Elizabeth Tuktamysheva figure skating fans heard back in 2009, when she took second place in the championship of Russia. At that time, the figure skater was only 12 years old. Three years later, the International Olympic Committee held the Youth Olympic Games in Austria for the first time, and Tuktamysheva won them a confident first place among singles.
However, its results did not differ in stability – at the Russian Championship in 2014, it became only the tenth and could not qualify for the World Championships and the Olympic Games in Sochi (for which the eternal rival Adelina Sotnikova won the gold medal).
In 2015, the figure skater won gold at the World and European Championships, but then for several years in a row her best results were second and third places, and Yevgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova were the leaders in the Russian solo skating competition in the early 2018.
Strip on ice
In October 2018, Tuktamysheva was able to again attract the attention of the world media and especially the public. She won the Grand Prix in Canada, ahead of Medvedev. But the key to interest was not so much her victory, as her demonstrations, in which the skater unexpectedly showed a striptease.
After such a loud return in social networks, a flash mob began under the tag #Tuktikchallenge .
— Nicky Bausenwein (@nbausen) October 31, 2018
— Amber Glenn (@AmberGlenn_) November 1, 2018
Challenge did not become a meme, but spawned a few jokes.
— BC URAL Ekaterinburg (@mbcural) November 11, 2018
The figure skater was supported by the Olympic champion Tatyana Navka, who noticed that she “undressed not straight to the underwear.”
Tuktamysheva herself said that her trainer invented undressing on the ice.
[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]I like being a sex symbol of Russian figure skating, I have long wanted this title. And it was enough to take off her blouse at the performance.[/perfectpullquote]
Undressing room almost ended in an embarrassment – at the Japanese Grand Prix stage, where Tuktamysheva became the third as a result, her bra almost undid. The corresponding photo was posted on Twitter by a Japanese figure skater fan with a comment: “I will never let you go, Lisa.” She responded jokingly.
I’m happy that bra was thinking like that😂
— Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@TuktikLiza) November 13, 2018
“Happy that my bra thought the same way”
Later, another ice skater, Sofia Evdokimova, performed a striptease on the ice, performing in a dance couple with Yegor Bazin. Elizabeth commented on this in her twitter, not without irony.
A lot of russian skaters get undressed. You wonder why? Simple – it’s too hot in Russia. Late november and still no snow
— Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@TuktikLiza) November 21, 2018
On November 11, Tuktamyshev in her twitter jokingly spoke about her desire to meet with the US president in order to “kick his ass on Twitter. Commentators attacked her with criticism, advising “it is better to engage in striptease” and “not to go into politics.”
Russian media (not all of course) are so venomous and making stupid topics from my joke-tweets about Trump. Hahaha. I’m not a politician, It’s not my business. Not even a word about my third place but bringing politics topic immediately. Tell them that Cold War have ended.
— Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@TuktikLiza) November 11, 2018
At the time of publication of the note, Tuktamysheva is 21 years old, she actively leads the social network, where she offers to stop calling her queen and call her empress immediately, tells in an interview about the new elements she is working on, tries herself as a commentator and jokes about the decline of her sports career.
Being commentator is really tough but interesting! pic.twitter.com/1f2VGl5qaV
— Elizaveta Tuktamysheva (@TuktikLiza) November 17, 2018
“Being a commentator is really difficult, but interesting!”