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    Rodnina turned to Tutberidze because of her daughter's desire to qualify for the US team

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    Three-time Olympic champion, State Duma deputy Irina Rodnina turned to the honored Russian figure skating coach Eteri Tutberidze because of the desire of her daughter Diana Davis to qualify for the US team. Her words are quoted by Metaratings .

    “This is a question for our great patriot, coach-mom. I am more than sure that a child does not make such decisions, even if he is 21 years old (Davis is 19 years old – approx. “Lenta.ru” ), he himself does not make ” , Rodina said. She called the decision of Davis and her partner Gleb Smolkin ugly, as the couple got a chance to compete at the Beijing Olympics, representing Russia. US skating. American journalist David Leese emphasized that the athletes will represent different clubs: Davis – ION, Smolkin – SCNY.

    Davis and Smolkin made their debut in the adult Russian team last season. They became eighth at the European Championships and took 14th place at the Beijing Olympics. Also on account of the pair is the silver of the Russian championship and the bronze of the country’s championship among juniors.

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