After Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, Russian athletes are unable to take part in many of the most important sporting events. Some of them decide to change the federation and represent another country. The figure skater Diana Davies, who also has dual citizenship, did no different. The player born in the United States decided to move overseas with her partner Gleb Smolkin. The problem is that Davies is the daughter of Eteri Tutberidze – the coaching legend of Russian skating. .
Eteri Tutberidze in Russia is a legend, her daughter chose the USA
Tutberidze is famous for its controversial training methods and the rule of “strong hands”. She showed it, for example, during the Beijing Olympics, when, after an unsuccessful performance in the soloists’ competition,. However, the Russians do not mind this at all. The trainer has so much success that she has the status of a legend in the country. Tutberidze educated the medalists of the last Olympic Games: the champion among soloists, Anna Szczerbakowa, runner-up Aleksandra Trusowa, and the silver sports pair: Ekaterina Tarasowa and Wladimir Morozov. Her mentor was also Alina Zagitowa, a champion from Pyongyang.
According to The Skating Lesson, her daughter, named Davies, has just joined the American federation and will try to represent the USA on the international stage. The 19-year-old competes in the dance pairs competition together with Gleb Smolkin. So far, the couple cannot boast of great successes. During the Olympics in Beijing, she came in 14th place. The sports level, however, recedes into the background. The decision to flee to the US of the daughter of such a great figure sparked a wave of indignation.
Davies and Smolkin will not take part in the official tests with the participation of representatives of Russia in figure skating, which will take place on September 24 and 25 in Moscow. Instead, they are to appear in the American Challenge Cup, which is a form of qualification for the local national team.
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