Eteri Tutberidze spoke about the difficulties in her relationship with Yulia Lipnitskaya.
– Lipnitskaya, you said: character, after the Olympics.
– She just started to distance herself a little bit. Lately I knew for sure that that was it, she was leaving. It was the Grand Prix in France (2015), where they rolled only the short program and some explosion or something happened there, and they were awarded medals in the short program and sent home.
Despite the fact that she was already acting distant towards me, I knew that I was going with her because it was fair. We’re going to get medals together, we’ll probably have to eat shit with spoons together. She wasn’t ready to do the free skate exactly, so it was to her advantage.
We’re leaving tomorrow or the day after tomorrow. My sister lives in France, she knew that I was going to this stage, she had already taken tickets and booked a hotel. So that we could spend this time together with her. The federation called me and said: Eteri, you know, Dudakov will go to this Grand Prix with Yulia, not you, so Yulia wanted. And Yulia is skating in front of me and I’m working with her.
Even if you wanted it that way, please come to me and say: Eteri Georgievna, I’ll feel better this way, can I go with Sergey Viktorovich? Why do I have to get a call from the federation to inform me about this? And Sergei Viktorovich went. And then I read in the comments: what an asshole she is, this coach, she abandoned Yulka.
And immediately after arriving from the Grand Prix she announced that she was leaving her for Urmanov. When Yulia brought a bouquet and said: thank you so much for everything you’ve done. She left the office, I’m already opening the media – and there’s a huge article by Vaitsekhovskaya, where she is interviewed by Urmanov, who has already built a work plan for the year ahead. Really? So quickly? – said honored Russian figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze on the air with Leonid Slutsky.