Eteri Tutberidze called those who urged her figure skaters to make transitions assholes.
– How did you experience the departure of athletes? You can just lie down and die. You said you were upset about the girls and boys who were leaving for Mishin, and here the reigning champion is leaving.
– You get upset, very upset.
– Did you justify them? Did you understand? Did you write it off to age?
– Let’s see – Yulia Lipnitskaya. Mom’s control went down a little bit after the Olympics. Maybe that’s right. Yulia is a complicated girl, with a complicated character.
– Are there any not complicated at all?
– Well, some are a little easier, and some are very difficult. She was complicated – at the age of 11 she could turn around and send a guest choreographer away because she didn’t want to work with him. We had to find an approach to Yulia. But that’s not the point.
I’m not going to force the mode in which you have to work if you want to achieve something. I won’t force you.
Conditions are offered: there is a warm-up, choreography, training. If an athlete starts to shirk some load or go out on the ice and do nothing… I’m not talking about Yulia specifically, I’m talking in general, but Yulia, too.
She was somewhere, as it seemed to me, going to the conflict. I think there are a lot of kind people around. They wrote to her everywhere: change the coach. And they wrote to Zhenya (Medvedeva): you have to change the coach, the coach has drained you.
– Who wrote that?
– Assholes. But if I tell you who one of these people is… I guess you can’t say it,” said Eteri Tutberidze, honored figure skating coach of Russia, on the air of “Comment.Coach” with Leonid Slutsky.