Russia is a figure skating powerhouse that has produced several world and Olympic champions. It is constantly discovering new talent, and Veronika Zhilina has been one of the country’s most technically gifted finds in years.
The 12-year-old had experts talking about her future prospects as soon as she showcased her newly acquired jumping skills during training sessions.
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The slightly framed young woman, who moved to Evgeni Plushenko’s academy in May after parting with Eteri Tutberidze, amazed skating experts with her talent, which she equated with Alina Zagitova, Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaia, who revolutionized modern Skating with breathtaking jumps.
Zhilina followed in the footsteps of her well-known predecessors and effortlessly joined the so-called quad club last year when she was just eleven, landing a quadruple salchow. This made her the youngest skater in the world to jump over the extremely difficult tasks.
After mastering this, she successfully nailed a quadruple toe loop and a triple axel and established herself as one of the most technically gifted skaters of her generation.
But the young athlete did not stop there. After that, she raised the bar to an even more incredible level by learning how to do a Quad Lutz and land a Triple Axel combined with a Triple Toe Loop.
The video of her stunning attempts was proudly shared by her new trainer Plushenko, who called Zhilina “the youngest performer of the toughest jumps”.
With three quads and a triple axel in her content, the skater could potentially dethrone Russia’s famous quad jumpers who would look positively opaque given Zhilina’s extraordinary progress.
In her favor, the newly formed star has several years to further improve her skills, as she is only allowed to participate in senior competitions at the age of 15.