Following the victory of her student Kamila Valieva at the fifth stage of the Cup of Russia series, Eteri Tutberidze received an award “for contributions to Russian figure skating.”
The award was given to the coach by Alexander Gorshkov, the President of the Figure Skating Federation of Russia, during the award ceremony of the ladies’ event.
After ending her ice dance skating career, Tutberidze began coaching in the United States. Soon after returning to Russia, she coached at several ice rinks with limited ice time before moving to Sambo-70 and collaborating with Daniil Gleikhengauz and Sergei Dudakov.
One of Tutberidze’s first students was Polina Shelepen, whom the coach began training at the age of four. Shelepen finished fourth at the 2010 World Junior Championship and twice won the silver medal at the Finals of the ISU Junior Grand Prix series. Her next student, Yulia Lipnitskaya, gained the coach much notoriety. Lipnitskaya went on to win a gold medal in the team event of the 2014 Winter Olympics and was second at the same year’s World Championship.
From the second half of the previous decade, Tutberidze’s name became synonymous with winning in ladies’ figure skating. In a period of four years, Evgenia Medvedeva and Alina Zagitova took the silver and gold medals at the 2018 Winter Olympics, respectively, and combined for a total of three World and three European titles, as well as countless other awards.
Upon the completion of 2018 Olympic cycle, Tutberidze’s Khrustalny did not stop winning and only increased their dominance. Under the guidance of the coach, Alexandra Trusova won the World Junior Championship twice, Alena Kostornaia won the ISU Grand Prix Final and European championship in her first senior season, Anna Shcherbakova won two consecutive Russian National titles, and Valieva is the reigning World Junior champion. On top of that, Tutberidze’s girls have swept the entire podium at the last three major events – the Grand Prix Final, Russian Nationals, and the European Championship.
Even after Medvedeva, Zagitova, Shcherbakova, Valieva and Daria Usacheva, the coach has many younger skaters waiting for their opportunity to shine in the future – including Sofya Akatyeva and Adelia Petrosyan who have been dominant on the Russian junior circuit.
Khrustalny’s other coaches – Gleikhengauz and Dudakov – also received the award “for contributions to Russian figure skating.”