“I believe that with such an injury it was possible to skate.” Eteri Tutberidze about Alena Kostornaia

Posted on 2021-12-27 • 4 comments


Part of a big interview with Eteri Tutberidze. This one is about Alena Kostornaia.

Eteri Tutberidze believes that Alena Kostornaia could have trained and performed at Russian Nationals, despite the fracture of her hand.

source: Channel one, text version sports.ru

Is it true that you forbade Kostornaia to talk about your injury?

Eteri Tutberidze: I don’t know who forbade her to comment. I think, on the contrary, she could have told quite calmly that she fell, and she had a crack on the bone of some finger.

In general, here’s such a situation. You can think of it in different ways – maybe some kind of cruelty or something else. But honestly, I believe that it was possible to try and skate with this injury. Because Evgenia Medvedeva skated with a plaster cast on her arm at the Russian Nationals and no one even knew about it. And she won that Russian Nationals perfectly.

Of course, there are some injuries incompatible with the continuation at the moment, when it is necessary to heal. And there are some injuries that athletes have been skating with for years. Moreover, it’s Russian Nationals – selection to the Olympics. It seems to me that she should have trained, should have tried. But it’s a shame. It seems to me that it was possible, maybe I’m wrong.

There is no formula for how to fulfill yourself a person. Maybe she, having missed all her opportunities in sports, will become super-famous and popular. I don’t know. For everyone, there are different concepts of what is good and what is bad. It’s a pity, because I believe that this is a missed opportunity. I believe that with such an injury it was possible to skate.


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4 Responses to ““I believe that with such an injury it was possible to skate.” Eteri Tutberidze about Alena Kostornaia”

  1. Renate says:

    This team is unbeleavable! Aljona, how could you go back? Gleichengaus: She is lazy…has to work more…..Shelesnjakow: The athletes are responsible for themselfs (children!)…they have to know, when they work to much…and now: She could have scated with the broken finger—-of course, when she will fallm then she breaks her arm or shoulder. All this doesn’t matter. For me after this “competition” Russian figure scating is for me over. Aljona, please go back to school and study medicine. For you in this team the time must be over.

  2. j says:

    This is not a great coach. A good coach does not shame her athlete publicly. I applaud Aliona for withdrawalling as her health should come before an Olympic berth. I feel Eteri’s comments are tone deaf and I don’t believe such interviews should be posted here as young impressionable skaters will believe that they should skate in competitions rather than rest and heal. I think Aliona should leave and either go back to Plushenko or go to Mishin.

  3. J says:

    It’s absolutely appalling to shame her athlete publicly. I applaud Aliona for knowing her limits and not risking injuring herself further. I’m beginning to think it was a mistake for her to return to Eteri. Instead, I feel she should have stayed with Plushenko or either went to Mishin.

  4. ioanykie says:

    That’s so disrespectful towards Alena !!! Comparing her to Evgenia like this and saying she might never succeed in sports… awful things to say. Poor Alena.

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