【Beijing Winter Olympics】 Valieva crushed by pressure, “Why did you give up?” her coach asked.


Last Updated on 02/18/2022 by てんしょく飯


Before the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Kamila Valieva (15, Russian Olympic Committee (ROC)) was the favorite for the gold medal in the women’s figure skating. She finished fourth in the individual event under unusual circumstances caused by a sudden doping scandal during the Games, and was crushed by the pressure.



She shouldn’t have been on the ice.

Valieva was part of the ROC team that won the team event on the 7th. She showed that she was as good as her previous reputation, but shortly after that, she had a doping problem. On 8th, it was revealed that she tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine in a doping test she took last December. In the end, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled that she could not compete in the SP.


In the end, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) approved her participation, and she placed first in the SP despite her mistakes, but the criticism continued to grow. But the criticism continued to grow. She made a series of mistakes in the free skate on the 17th, and failed to reach the podium.


In the opening quadruple salchow, Valieva was unsteady on the ice, but in the following triple axel, she lost her balance and came up short. In the next triple Axel, she lost her balance and fell down.


In the second half of the competition, he also fell in the quadruple toeloop, and continued to make mistakes. After her performance, she covered her face with her hands and broke down in tears during the kiss-and-cry session, indicating that she was deeply mentally damaged.


On the other hand, her coach, Eteri Tutberidze, asked a distraught Valieva, “Why didn’t you do anything? Explain it to me. Why did you stop fighting altogether? After the Axel, you gave up,” she asked.


Former U.S. national team member Ashley Wagner tweeted, “I have to say, genuinely, I feel sorry for her. She shouldn’t have been on the ice,” she said, expressing her feelings, and the Valieva fiasco had an unpleasant ending.