Former U.S. Athlete Gives Definitive Gestimony Against Valieva on Drug Scandal
It’s a good thing the award ceremony won’t be canceled, right? Good for you. ……”
Russian sports website sports.ru reported that Kamila Waliyeva (15), who provisionally placed fourth in the women’s single figure skating competition at the Beijing Winter Olympics, mocked herself to her coach, Eteri Tutoberidze (47). The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has decided to cancel the awards ceremony if Wallieva finishes in the top three because of allegations of doping use. The IOC has decided to cancel the awards ceremony if Walijeeva finishes in the top three because of allegations of doping. Walijeeva, who missed out on a medal herself, spoke sarcastically.
I’m worried about her mental state. She’s only 15 years old. Instead of consoling her, Tutoberidze lashed out at her, saying: “She’s given up the fight. Instead of consoling her, Tutoberidze was merciless: “You gave up the fight. Why did you give up? Please explain.
During the “Kiss and Cry” session, while waiting for the scores to be announced, Toubelise apparently continued to throw harsh words at Waliwa, who was sitting next to him. Waliwa must have been in agony. She covered her face with her hands and broke down in tears,” said a sports journalist.
Although Tutoberidze is notorious for her cold words and actions toward the athletes, she is known as the “Empress” or “Queen of the Ice” in Russia, and her power as a coach is absolute.
The coaching is relentless. The coaching is relentless,” he said. “At a facility called Sambo 70 in Moscow, he educates girls who live in dormitories from early in the morning. He calls the training ground ‘the factory’ and the athletes ‘the materials,’ and loudly reprimands students who make mistakes. He loudly chastises students who make mistakes, saying, “Do you like to make mistakes? Then I’ll help you fall over.’ ‘Pack your bags and go home! And so on.
The girls must be exhausted from training so hard, 12 hours a day. The life of every athlete is short: Yulia Lipnitskaya, who won the team gold medal at the Sochi Olympics in 2002, retired at the age of 19 after suffering from anorexia. Zagitova and Medvedeva also competed in the Olympics only once, in Pyeongchang in 2006,” said a skating federation official.
Instead of “vitamins” to recover from fatigue.
In Russia, athletes are thoroughly controlled, not only in terms of training menus, but also in terms of weight adjustment, down to every 100 grams. Even if she was using drugs, it is unlikely that she would do so on her own. Rumor has it that Mr. Tutoberidze and other members of the Russian figure world were involved in this systematically.
In fact, in an interview with the Russian popular newspaper “Moskovsky Komsomolets” in 2007, Mr. Tutoberidze said the following about the drug “Meldonium” banned by WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
Meldonium was a substitute for vitamins. I knew that the day would come when I would not be able to use meldonium. Athletes need vitamins to recover from fatigue. We need to find a new drug.
Trimetazidine, which is suspected to have been used by Waliyeva, is said to have similar effects to Meldonium, such as improving endurance. In addition, Polina Edmond, a former figure skater from the U.S., gave a surprising and important testimony to the Russian media, “Championad,” about the scene at the Junior GP Finals in Fukuoka in 2001.
When the Russian girls showed up with their coach, they took out a small bottle-like container and put a few drops of liquid in their mouths with an eyedropper. They made some kind of joke, laughing.
The girls went up to the rink and immediately started doing triple jumps. They stretched and relaxed, and it took me more than 15 minutes before I could jump. …… But the Russian girls performed for 40 minutes without showing any signs of fatigue. I’ve never seen such tough athletes in my life.
The Beijing Olympics closed on February 20, but the full-scale investigation into Walieva, Tutoberise and others involved will now begin.
photo： Jiji Press