“I really don’t know what happened. My skaters have always been clean athletes. These accusations are offensive.” Tutberidze about Valieva’s doping case

Posted on 2023-03-26 • 2 comments


Eteri Tutberidze about Kamila Valieva’s doping case.

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source: L’Equipe

“I really don’t know what happened. The whole team tried to figure it out, watched the cameras from the Russian Nationals, where she was tested.

And we wonder why so much time passed between the time the sample was taken and the announcement of the results… My skaters have always been clean athletes. These accusations are offensive.” said Tutberidze

Eteri Tutberidze believes that Kamila Valieva’s career will end if she is suspended for four years. “It would have been the end of her career.” 

Eteri Tutberidze is also waiting for an apology from the head of the IOC, Thomas Bach, for his words at the Olympics. 

In Beijing 2022, after the women’s free skate, Bach said: “I saw how Kamila Valieva was met by the closest people with a cold. I had goosebumps; it was cold to watch.”

“At the time, Kamila kept a slight distance. You can’t hug someone who doesn’t want to be hugged. And the problem is not that she failed.

On the other hand, we have no right to give up. I just asked her why she let everything go after the second element. She just refused to fight. Besides, the Olympics are a party. Many athletes dream of being in her place.

I hate the tantrums / breakdowns of athletes (Je ne supporte pas les crises des athlètes – in the original text). Then we sat together for a long time in the locker room. Thomas Bach’s accusations are unfair; I expect an apology.” said Tutberidze

“They call me the Snow Queen, but that’s a myth. I accompany students, participate in their upbringing, cry with them, and worry about them.

It’s nonsense to say that I’m heartless. When the skaters are on the ice, I stand still. Other coaches gesticulate, but I don’t like it. But inside I feel emotion.” added Tutberidze


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2 Responses to ““I really don’t know what happened. My skaters have always been clean athletes. These accusations are offensive.” Tutberidze about Valieva’s doping case”

  1. Sophia M. says:

    Right, it’s all a huge conspiracy to keep Eteri and Kamila down. After about a decade of Russian girls domination, WADA and the US suddenly conspired to take them down a notch at the Olympics because…? If Kamila’s test had come back in time, she would’ve been swapped out for the team comp, Sasha (or maybe Anna) would’ve skated and gotten 20 points, the same way Kamila did. It would not have made a difference. And in the individual competition there wasn’t a US Lady close to the medals, with or without Kamila. Seems a little much effort for a gain of nothing. Because the reason being Anti-Russian propaganda? Nope. First off, since Sochi, there’s been no need for anyone trying to generate a bad vibe regarding Russian athletes. Russia, I mean OAR..errr..I mean ROC…or whatever they’ll be called next for punitive reasons, did that all by itself already. Secondly, US skating would maybe like it to be different, but skating as a sport is not that big anymore. If someone were to conspire on such a level as you’re suggesting, surely they would pick a bigger vessel than skating.
    Also, Johnny is literally fluent in Russian and all mics and cameras were pointed at Eteri as Kamila came off the ice. Why wouldn’t he have understood what and how it was being said?

  2. Deborah Carbon says:

    I don’t believe she was dirty bc the results of test came at the most important time with the biggest audience that was so effective in making anti-Russian propaganda. WADA can’t say no to America and they are not neutral. T by way Johnny Weir say Tuberitze was berating Kamala when he couldn’t possibly know what was being said was bullshit and it was important for him to distance himself from Russia all of the sudden when he spent plenty of time kissing Tuberitze Ass when it benefited him. Olympic sports have always been used for propaganda.

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