Eteri’s crazy year: 2021 will definitely go to the assets of the Khrustalny coaching staff: the world and Russian championships were taken, tickets to Beijing 2022 were won, and there were not so many scandals around the school as last year. Eteri Tutberidze probably claims to be the Coach of the Year according to the version of many publications, and MK-Sport will remember why this year was crazy for her.
Attention to “Khrustalny” is riveted around the clock and all year round, despite the fact that the doors of the school do not open so often – once a year, the coaching staff, in cooperation with Channel One, allows them to look at how medals and records are forged. In 2021, on the eve of the Russian figure skating championship, Eteri Tuberidze opened up on the air of the federal channel, and made them talk about herself even more.
Although, it seemed much more – this year Tutberidze became almost the most titled coach, winning the gold of the Russian championship and the national championship together with her students. At the 2022 Olympics, Eteri Georgievna together with Sergei Dudakov and Daniil Gleichengauz lucky three singles, and the goal for the coaching staff of “Khrustalny” in Beijing will be the entire podium.
True, a year ago it was more difficult for Tutberidze to dream about this than it is now. In 2020, Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaya left Khrustalny . Evgeni Plushenko’s departure to the academy was accompanied by sharp remarks about the ex-students and a squabble in social networks with the two-time Olympic champion – a scandal on a scandal.
Not getting what she wanted from Plushenko, Trusova was the first to knock back at Khrustalny, and she made the right decision: in this Olympic season, the Russian Rocket, even with a break of a month due to a broken foot, is one of the favorites of the 2022 Olympics. Tutberidze returned her trademark jumps to Alexandra, and at the beginning of the season, the skater even set an unofficial record by performing five quadruple jumps at the test skates of the Russian national team.
With Kostornaya, things are much worse: firstly, the skater did not return to Khrustalny so easily, but under certain conditions, and secondly, Alena never returned her former form, and at the end of the year she completely broke her wrist and practically deprived herself of chances for the Olympics.
The return of Kostornaya and Trusova is not the main acquisition of Tutberidze in 2021. In the offseason, Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov came to Eteri Georgievna . Silver medalists of the 2018 Olympics were in a desperate situation: because of the pandemic, they lost the opportunity to train in the United States, and in Russia no one particularly liked them. She sheltered Tutberidze, despite the fact that she had no experience with sports couples. And at first everything seemed to work out: Tarasova and Morozov won the Challengers and the Grand Prix stage, returned stability, but at the decisive tournament of the year (the national championship) they lost to two young duets – Alexandra Boykova / Dmitry Kozlovsky and Anastasia Mishina / Alexander Gallyamov.
“The guys got into a difficult situation, they were left without ice. They’ve been looking for ice all last season. This had a bad effect on their results and work in general. They have an Olympic season. Loudly said, but probably the last hope. They humanly asked to let them in. And how can they be put on the ice to the singles? It’s impossible. So, it was necessary to find the opportunity to give them ice separately. That’s the whole story. So far we have one pair. And then it will turn out, God forbid, to build a new skating rink, there will be more ice, more opportunities, and it will be possible to develop the second type – pair skating. Why not?” – reasoned Eteri Georgievna on the air “Let them talk.”
True, the main couple in Tutberidze’s career are not Tarasova and Morozov at all, but daughter Diana Davis , performing with Gleb Smolkin in ice dancing. Eteri Georgievna happily accompanies the skaters at the starts and does not hide that her daughter is the main person and student in her life.
“And I’ll be honest: I have only one favorite – this is my daughter. To the rest I give the maximum that I can give – how much will they take and what will they do with it? ” – said the coach.
And Diana and Gleb are coping with the status entrusted to themselves as “daughter of Tutberidze” and “son of a famous actor”, despite the fact that their progress causes some indignation. At the very first Russian championship among adults, Davis and Smolkin became silver medalists, secured a place in the Olympic team and certainly pleased Eteri Georgievna.
The main success of Tutberidze this year was Kamila Valieva . The 15-year-old figure skater won everything she could in the Olympic season, won an Olympic ticket at the Russian Championship and will go to Beijing 2022 as the main favorite. No one doubts Valieva’s Olympic victory: she is at a cosmically different level compared to even the reigning world champion Anna Shcherbakova, who is having a hard time this year. At the stages of the Grand Prix, Camila set world records over and over again, sometimes being compared according to estimates with the best singles in the world.
“She’s just a girl who has a lot of talents that fit this type of activity. She is flexible and stretched, and can convey an image, she feels the music, and it is interesting for her to ride in the image, she understands what sliding is, has a sense of posture, she is jumping, ” Tutberidze says about his Olympic hope.
And Eteri Georgievna’s plans for Beijing-2022 are grandiose: it is not enough for all three of her students to go to the Games. Tutberidze needs a bright victory for Trusova, Valieva and Shcherbakova. Most likely, the new year will be even better for the Khrustalny coach in 2021.
“It doesn’t matter what level the medal is, it doesn’t matter. They came and did it. “
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