Former Russian champion Ksenia Makarova proved her competitive readiness to the Figure Skating Federation of Russia during her test skate at Mishin’s Cup over the weekend. Russia news reports that she has been confirmed for entry to the World Figure Skating Championships, which will be taking place in two weeks in Nice, France.
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Joining Makarova on the Russian team on the ladies’ side will be Alena Leonova and Polina Korobeynikova. During the past few weeks, the Russian federation has been floating the idea of replacing Makarova with Russian junior silver medalist Polina Shelepen in case Makarova was not ready to compete. But Shelepen was shaky in the short program at both the World Junior Championships and the Russian Youth Athletics competition.
In other pre-Worlds news, European ice dance champion Nathalie Pechalat suffered a broken nose during training and is questionable for Worlds in her home country. The injury was severe enough to require surgery on Tuesday. Pechalat and her partner Fabian Bourzat are expected to be podium contenders at Worlds. They have not withdrawn from the competition, but their status is in doubt following the injury.
UPDATE (3/20/12 7:13 p.m. ET): Via a new Facebook post, Pechalat continues to train for Worlds with just over a week left to go before the short dance begins. She has switched to a lighter and thinner mask and her black eye is much less noticeable than it has been. They sound very positive for Worlds.
UPDATE (3/15/12 4:00 p.m. ET): Via a Facebook post, Pechalat and Bourzat said that, advised by a specialist, they will postpone surgery for Pechalat’s nose until after the World Championships, as surgery would make it more complicated to train. Pechalat will be wearing a mask to protect her nose from further injury. Still, no final decision has been made about their participation at Worlds.
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