The back of the Russian one-season wonders
Anna Scherabakova, Kamila Valieva, and Alexandra Trusova were the falling and rising stars of this year. Behind the spider-web-inspired lacing hide the fragile backs of teenage athletes. To be able to perform many of the ultra C elements (the squads which they are known for) they put a huge restrain on their back, pre-rotating before jumping off the ice. These tricks do not only rely on the dangerous twist of their tiny frame but also on their pre-puberty lightweight ‒ the reason for the short-term career of these skaters, forcing them to constantly look behind their back for the new (younger) skating star. Keep an eye on these girls’ backs as they take off.