In the near future, the honored coach of Russia in figure skating, Eteri Tutberidze, will travel with Gleb Smolkin to the United States, where her daughter Diana Davis, who participated in the 2022 Winter Olympics, trains. Last season, athletes became silver medalists of the Russian Championship at adult level for the first time.
The couple has been living and studying in North America for a long time, and Tutberidze visits them often. This time, however, the 48-year-old specialist will not be able to attend her daughter’s training – Rebecca Stump, manager of the track in Norwood, announced that Tutberidze is not allowed to stand on the sidelines and ride on the ice. during training.
“As far as I know, Eteri Tutberidze may come to our club next week. His daughter Diane Davis, who performs at the ice dance, will come to work on a new production with choreographer Benoit Richaud. Eteri can come to see her daughter.
It will not be allowed to be on the ice or to stand on the sidelines. We expect Eteri as a parent to abide by our club’s rules.
You’re all familiar with our club’s policy regarding parents on the track,” he wrote in the text of a statement posted on Reddit.com.
French choreographer Benoit Richaud already has experience working with Russian athletes – world champion Elizaveta Tuktamysheva with her participation received a new program. The coach of the Davis / Smolkin couple, Igor Shpilband, sees nothing wrong with the fact that the skaters will be collaborating with a new specialist.
“I believe that collaborating with various experts, choreographers and directors helps any couple thrive,” Shpilband said, as quoted by TASS.
Two-time Olympic medalist Alexander Zhulin noted the courage of Tutberidze, who, despite the possible danger, decided to go overseas.
“She has an only native daughter there. His ether was between two fires. I am very sorry that Tutberidze was treated in this way. I don’t want this to affect his future destiny and career.
Now Tutberidze is enemy number one for the entire American figure skating scene. He is an outstanding coach and everyone knows very well that by removing Tutberidze, they will remove almost all female figure skating in the future.
It’s definitely dangerous to go there, but Eteri is a brave person. He will definitely understand this situation. No one has the right to forbid him to see his daughter, ”says Sport24 from Zhulin.
Honored coach of the USSR Tatyana Tarasova spoke less harshly, noting that working conditions on the American ice rinks should be respected.
“They have their own rules that we have to follow when entering their country. I think this is wrong, but I do not know the rules, ”Tarasova said in an interview with SE.
A similar view is shared by State Duma deputy Irina Rodnina, who in the 1990s worked as a figure skating coach at the international center in Lake Arrowhead, near Las Vegas.
“The track owner has the right to do that. This is private property. Why should we be surprised? This is Tutberidze for us – a ram with a capital letter. However, that doesn’t mean it has the same jurisdiction in the United States. You have to ask when you go to visit,” SE Rodnina quotes.
Olympic champion Svetlana Zhurova believes that on Tutberidze’s trip there were no crimes that the United States could be concerned about.
“What’s the matter here? A man goes to his daughter. He worked in the USA for a while. He just helps. Now it’s off-season, then he will come back and work again. Can’t people have life? I will not condemn him here, ”the State Duma deputy said in a conversation with Sport24. in the interview.
Renat Laishev, head of the Sambo-70 center, highly appreciated Tutberidze’s enthusiasm to go to North America to participate in the training process.
“We are the land of the free people! Eteri is a brave person. If he decides, he can afford to go. Especially when it comes to his own daughter.
Tutberidze is a wise woman. She wants to do a noble job – to help her daughter, ”the officer said in an interview with Sport24.
In the new season, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin will enter with new programs, but will not be able to show them to the world public – the couple continues to represent Russia, despite the possession of the 19-year-old figure skater. American citizenship, meaning that athletes will not be allowed to participate in international competitions.