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Russia's Elena Eremina Might Have Had Developed An Eating Disorder After Her Career Ending Surgery

In 2017, Elena Eremina burst onto the scene by winning silver on the uneven bars at the European championships and bronze in the all around ...


In 2017, Elena Eremina burst onto the scene by winning silver on the uneven bars at the European championships and bronze in the all around and silver on the uneven bars at the World championships.

She was hailed as the next Russian star by world wide fans.

Unfortunately, her success was short lived as she had a spinal surgery the following year which would later prevent her from regaining her former level and eventually have her retire for good.

Eremina officially announced her retirement, after her coaches encouraged her to retire and move on from the elite sport.

The decision which she called 'the right one' and which she could not have taken if it weren't for her coaches.

On the spinal surgery which she underwent in 2018, the Russian former gymnast said that it took her a long to recover from it and that she was in constant pain.

She had to learn elements from scratch, even the simplest ones. It was a very difficult time that had negative impact on her morale.

"You are in the Russian national team, you see that all the girls are adding and complicating programs, and you are learning everything again. This is very difficult to accept," Eremina told sport-express.ru.

Although she was never officially diagnosed, Eremina believes that she had an eating disorder, which she developed after her surgery.

The 21 year old athlete hit her puberty right after her surgery where her struggle with weight issues began.

"I sat on different diets: on buckwheat, on something else like that ... But nothing really helped, it was worth eating any tiny piece - and the weight was gained again. Plus, psychological pressure, I involuntarily ate it, then I suffered from remorse," she said according to Google Translate.

Eremina said that she still to this day struggles with food and weight.

On her next journey, the World medalist plans to become a physical therapy instructor. 

Unlike a lot of former gymnasts, Eremina won't be pursuing coaching as she believes it's not suitable for her.

Photo: Eremina/Instagram

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