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Slutskaya will leave the sport to become a mother

February 26 2006

27-year-old figure skater Irina Slutskaya decided it was time to leave the sport and become a mother.

On the question of whether, as could the general, our skater won a gold medal at the Olympic Games in Turin, the majority of professional sports, answered - no. Here is what the president before the women's final of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia Valentin Piseev: "When the president of the International Federation Chikvante handed the gold medal Genet Plushenko, it seems to me jokingly said:" Valentin, well enough for you to be greedy. Let someone else win. " Like with a smile said, but worried was serious. It's the American broadcaster to invest in development of figure skating. If Russia will take all 4 "gold", they may turn away. "

Of course, she Slutskaya also all knew it. Nevertheless, even after its evaluation of the short program was clearly an underestimate, it was determined to keep fighting. When during the finals American Sasha Cohen - the main rival Slutskaya - made two serious mistakes, the chances of winning Irina increased significantly. They say that our athlete impressed brilliant performance Japanese Shizuka Arakawa. That is why after his falling into the beginning of the program, Irina knew that "gold" it can not see and no longer fight. The representative of the inner circle of the Russian figure skater said: "The reason for the defeat of Ira largely lies in psychology. For her, the gold was too welcome ... and at the same time too ... out of reach. "

After the announcement of the results Slutskaya was pitiable. And if the public is more restrained and even tried to smile, then on the sidelines in her eyes now and then acted tears. Everyone who saw Irina at this point, saying that failure she felt very strongly. After a brief talk with reporters Slutskaya got in the car, and only then gave way to tears, crying from the heart. On reaching the "Russian house", Slutskaya saw that she meets a crowd of fans and some journalists. Skater he called the guards and asked to move the crowd. Just be sure that no one sees it and will not pester with questions and sympathy, Irina slipped into the building.

In Moscow, Slutskaya will not be back before March 10. Immediately after the Olympic figure skater decided to go with the ice show in the cities of Europe. When Irina was asked about her plans for the future, for the first time after losing around saw the face of figure skater happy smile: "I did everything I could. And now, I think it's time I become a mother. I decided that I should give birth. "

According to the newspaper "Life" and "Komsomolskaya Pravda"


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