Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva turns fifteen years old today; the 2020 World Junior champion will compete in the senior level and for a spot in the Olympics next season.
Valieva was born in 2006, in Kazan, and began skating in 2009. In 2012, she moved to Moscow and joined Sambo-70 – joining the team of Eteri Tutberidze, Daniil Gleikhengauz, and Sergei Dudakov.
During the 2019-2020 season, Valieva became the World Junior champion and won the ISU Junior Grand Prix Final as a thirteen-year-old. Last season, the international junior level competitions were canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic but Valieva had a successful season on the Russian national senior level circuit. The then-fourteen-year-old was second at the Russian National Championships – only behind eventual World champion Anna Shcherbakova – and won the gold medal at the Cup of Russia Final, as well as led the Red Machine squad to the victory at the Channel One Trophy team competition.
Kamila Valieva’s short program performance at the 2021 Cup of Russia Final: