Eteri Tutberidze

Eteri Tutberidze
Eteri Tutberidze (2018-11-27).jpg
Tutberidze in 2018
Personal information
Native nameЭтери Гогиевна Тутберидзе
Full nameEteri Georgievna Tutberidze
Born (1974-02-24) 24 February 1974 (age 48)
Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
ResidenceMoscow, Russia
Former partnerNikolai Apter, Alexei Kiliakov, Vyacheslav Chichekin
Former coachTatiana Tarasova, Gennady Akkerman, Natalia Linichuk, Elena Tchaikovskaya, Lidia Kabanova, Edouard Pliner, Evgenia Zelikova
Skating clubSambo 70 (SDUSSHOR 37)
Began skatingc. 1978

Eteri Georgievna Tutberidze (Russian: Этери Георгиевна Тутберидзе, the native name is Eteri Gogievna, Russian: Этери Гогиевна;[1][2] born 24 February 1974) is a Russian figure skating coach who works mainly with female single skaters. She is head coach at the Sambo 70 skating club in Moscow. She has coached several skaters to success in international competitions, including 2022 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2021 World Champion Anna Shcherbakova, 2022 Olympic Silver Medalist and two-time Junior World Champion Alexandra Trusova, 2022 Olympic Team Champion and 2020 Junior World Champion Kamila Valieva (Olympic Gold Medal is pending an investigation by the Court of Arbitration for Sport for testing positive for a performance enhancing substance prior to the games), 2018 Olympic Gold Medalist and 2019 World Champion Alina Zagitova, two-time World Champion and 2018 Olympic Silver Medalist Evgenia Medvedeva, and 2014 Olympic Team Gold Medalist Yulia Lipnitskaya.

Personal life

Eteri Georgievna Tutberidze was born 24 February 1974 in Moscow.[3][4] The youngest of five children, she is half-Georgian, a quarter Russian, and a quarter Armenian.[5] Her mother was a senior engineer at the Ministry of Agricultural Construction and her father worked at the Likhachev plant's foundry and as a taxi driver.[6]

Tutberidze studied at the Academy of Physical Education in Malakhovka and received a degree in choreography from the Institute of Contemporary Art.[6] During her six years in the United States, she lived in Oklahoma City, Cincinnati, Los Angeles, and San Antonio.[5] Her daughter, Diana, was born on 16 January 2003[7] in Las Vegas.[5] Diana was coached by her mother as a single skater until 2016 when, at the insistence of her mother, she opted for ice dance.[8]

Skating career

Tutberidze began skating at the age of four and a half, guided by Evgenia Zelikova and then Edouard Pliner.[6] After sustaining a spinal fracture and growing 22 cm, she switched from singles to ice dancing. She was coached by Lidia Kabanova for two years and then joined Elena Tchaikovskaya, who paired her with Vyacheslav Chichekin.[6] After briefly training under Natalia Linichuk, Tutberidze switched to Gennady Akkerman, her coach for the next three years. She skated with Alexei Kiliakov until he emigrated to the United States.[6]

During the 1991–1992 season, Tutberidze trained under Tatiana Tarasova before deciding to perform in ice shows.[6] Appearing as an adagio pair skater with Nikolai Apter, she toured with Ice Capades for several years.[5][6]

She worked in ice shows in the US for six years in the 1990s, including in Oklahoma at the time of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, for which she received compensation as a survivor.[9]


Tutberidze at the Junior Grand Prix Final in December 2010

Tutberidze began coaching in San Antonio, Texas.[5][6] After returning to Russia, she coached at several Moscow rinks, including a hockey rink Serebrianyi, where ice time was limited for figure skaters.[10] She then moved to Sambo 70 (SDUSSHOR 37) in Moscow, where she collaborates with Sergei Dudakov and Daniil Gleikhengauz.[11][12][13]


Skater Country Time Coached Achievements under Tutberidze
Nika Egadze Georgia (country) Georgia 2015–present
Maiia Khromykh Russia Russia 2018–present
Alena Kostornaia Russia Russia 2017–July 2020

February 2021–present

Morisi Kvitelashvili Georgia (country) Georgia
Evgenia Medvedeva Russia Russia 2008–May 2018

September 2020–Present

Anna Shcherbakova Russia Russia 2013–present
Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov

(in collaboration with Maxim Trankov)

Russia Russia April 2021– present
Alexandra Trusova Russia Russia 2016–May 2020

May 2021–present

Daria Usacheva Russia Russia 2016–present
Kamila Valieva Russia Russia 2018–present
Alina Zagitova Russia Russia 2015–present


Former students


Tutberidze's coaching methods have been criticized by fans, journalists and skaters, especially in the wake of Kamila Valieva's doping scandal at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.[36] The knowledge of the Sambo-70 club encouraging dehydration,[37][38] starvation[39][40] and unchanged practice regime despite injuries[41][42] had been public before Beijing, and critics had also noticed Tutberidze's students regularly retiring injured before the age of 18.[43][44] Several of her male students, such as Daniil Samsonov and Adian Pitkeev, also suffered serious injuries under her training.

Valieva's doping controversy in 2022 saw a new wave of critical articles[45][46] and figure skaters speaking out, with coach Romain Haguenauer claiming that Tutberidze's training is "abusive, military even" and that "she wouldn't be allowed near children" if she used those practices in Montreal as a coach.[47] Choreographer Benoît Richaud also spoke about the unsustainability of those methods and shortened careers.[48] Figure skaters Adam Rippon and Katarina Witt publicly expressed support for Valieva, claiming that "adults around her have completely failed her" (Rippon) and that "the responsible adults should be banned from the sport forever" (Witt).[49][50]

IOC president Thomas Bach expressed concern for Valieva's wellbeing, commenting "[Valieva] was received by her closest entourage with what appeared to be a tremendous coldness, it was chilling to see this, rather than giving her comfort, rather than to try to help her."[51] The Kremlin responded that "the harshness of a coach in high-level sport is key for their athletes to achieve victories."[52]


  1. ^ "Награждённые государственными наградами Российской Федерации". 2018-11-27. Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  2. ^ "ООО ТИМ ТУТБЕРИДЗЕ". ЗАЧЕСТНЫЙБИЗНЕС. Retrieved 2021-03-17.
  3. ^ Ermolina, Olga (25 February 2014). Этери Тутберидзе: «Многие спортсмены, которые выходят на высокий уровень, максималисты» [Eteri Tutberidze: "Many elite athletes are overachievers"] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation. Archived from the original on 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014.
  4. ^ "Этери Георгиевна Тутберидзе" [Eteri Georgievna Tutberidze] (in Russian).
  5. ^ a b c d e Berlot, Jean-Christophe (11 December 2014). "Tutberidze trying to lead her skaters to the light". IceNetwork. Archived from the original on 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h Ermolina, Olga (22 March 2015). "ЭТЕРИ ТУТБЕРИДЗЕ: ПЯТЫЙ ЭЛЕМЕНТ" [Eteri Tutberidze: Fifth element] (in Russian). Russian Figure Skating Federation.
  7. ^ Vorobieva, Maria (20 January 2014). "Этери Тутберидзе: Липницкой совсем нельзя кушать, мне её очень жалко, но я ничего не могу с этим поделать" [Eteri Tutberidze interview]. (in Russian). Archived from the original on 12 August 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ Kiryukhina, Dar'ya. "«Мамочка, почему ты в меня не веришь?» Поразительная история преодоления дочери Тутберидзе". Championat. Retrieved 17 February 2022.
  9. ^ "Who is Valieva's coach Tutberidze?" – via
  10. ^ a b Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (14 December 2011). Этери ТУТБЕРИДЗЕ: "ПУСТЬ МОИ ДЕВОЧКИ ПОКА ОТСИЖИВАЮТСЯ ЗА ЧУЖИМИ СПИНАМИ" [Eteri Tutberidze interview]. Sport Express (in Russian).
  11. ^ "Evgenia MEDVEDEVA". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 23 August 2014.
  12. ^ a b "Adian PITKEEV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014.
  13. ^ "Sergei VORONOV". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 25 August 2014.
  14. ^ "Nika Egadze". ISU.
  15. ^ a b "Maiia Khromykh". ISU.
  16. ^ "Alena Kostornaia".
  17. ^ "Moris Kvitelashvili". ISU.
  18. ^ "Фигуристка Медведева решила вернуться в группу Тутберидзе" [Figure skater Medvedeva decided to return to the Tutberidze group] (in Russian). RSport. September 16, 2020.
  19. ^ "Anna Shcherbakova". ISU.
  20. ^ "Alexandra Trusova". ISU.
  21. ^ "Daria Usacheva". ISU.
  22. ^ "Kamila Valieva Instagram". Instagram.
  23. ^ "Russia's Olympic champion figure skater Zagitova says she will not part with her coach". TASS. 27 May 2018.
  24. ^ "Egor Rukhin". ISU.
  25. ^ "Daniil Samsonov". ISU.
  26. ^ Flade, Tatjana (11 July 2010). "Riding the wave: Polina Shelepen". Golden Skate. Archived from the original on 11 August 2010.
  27. ^ "Polina SHELEPEN: 2011/2012". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 January 2012.
  28. ^ Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (5 September 2013). Этери Тутберидзе: "На Плющенко можно сделать ставку в командных соревнованиях" [Eteri Tutberidze: "Plushenko can be counted on in the team event"] (in Russian). Sport Express. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  29. ^ Golinsky, Reut (1 December 2012). "Eteri Tutberidze: "Everything happens for the best"". Absolute Skating.
  30. ^ Flade, Tatjana (20 April 2011). "Girl Power! A Russian Uprising". IFS Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 September 2011. Retrieved 10 December 2011.
  31. ^ Vaytsekhovskaya, Elena (27 December 2013). Сергей Воронов: "Все лето у меня реально опускались руки" [Sergei Voronov: "I was desperate in the summer"] (in Russian). Sport Express. Archived from the original on 4 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
  32. ^ "Serafima SAKHANOVICH: 2014/2015". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 27 August 2014.
  33. ^ "Polina TSURSKAYA". International Skating Union.
  34. ^ "Alexey Erokhov". ISU.
  35. ^ "Elizabet Tursynbayeva". ISU.
  36. ^ Multiple sources:
  37. ^ Алина Загитова: тренировки, мотивация и Селена Гомес (in Russian), retrieved 2022-02-11
  38. ^ Вайцеховская, Елена (2019-03-23). "Медведева: для сложных прыжков мое тело должно быть как машина. И будет!". РИА Новости Спорт (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  39. ^ Dalfonzo, Gina (2017-12-29). "Olympic Figure Skating's ugly little secret is coming to light". Aleteia — Catholic Spirituality, Lifestyle, World News, and Culture. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  40. ^ Alina Zagitova 2019.04.11 Daniil Gleichengauz View, retrieved 2022-02-11
  41. ^ "Секреты работы Этери Тутберидзе раскрывает ее бывшая ученица Полина Шубодерова. Фигурное катание. СПОРТ-ЭКСПРЕСС" (in Russian). 2019-05-07. Archived from the original on 2019-05-07.
  42. ^ "«Ушла не от Тутберидзе, а вообще из фигурного катания»". Газета.Ru (in Russian). Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  43. ^ Germain, Zelie (2020-08-24). "Eteri Tutberidze : enquête sur l'école moscovite du patinage féminin". We Sport - "Partageons notre passion !" (in French). Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  44. ^ Oxley, Sonia. "Winter Olympics: Who is Kamila Valieva's coach Eteri Tutberidze?". BBC. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  45. ^ Mitra, Mii. "Opinion: Why the quad revolution in women's figure skating is a tragedy". The Washington Post.
  46. ^ Abad-Santos, Alex (2022-02-10). "The Russian women's figure skating team has bigger problems than doping". Vox. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  47. ^ "A quoi ressemble le camp d'entraînement des jeunes patineuses russes ?". (in French). Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  48. ^ Paluch, Gabrielle. "The Eteri Expiration Date: Kamila Valieva and Russia's quest for figure skating gold". Business Insider. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  49. ^ "@AdamRippon This entire situation is heartbreaking. This young girl is just 15. She's a minor. The adults around her have completely failed her. They've put her in this awful situation and should be punished". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  50. ^ Pretot, Julien (2022-02-11). "Adults responsible for Valieva scandal should be banned for life - Witt". Reuters. Retrieved 2022-02-11.
  51. ^ Smale, Simon (18 February 2022). "IOC president Thomas Bach concerned for wellbeing of Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva". ABC News. Retrieved 18 February 2022.
  52. ^ Grohmann, Karolos (18 February 2022). "Kremlin hits back at Olympic chief's criticism of Valieva coach's "chilling" reaction". Reuters. Retrieved 19 February 2022.


Article Eteri Tutberidze in English Wikipedia took following places in local popularity ranking:

Presented content of the Wikipedia article was extracted in 2022-02-25 based on