Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Comments on Kamila Valieva’s Skate

NBC’s Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir made a sensational comment after the 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva – who competed despite failing a drug test – failed to win an Olympic medal on Thursday.

“Thanks God!” Weir said after Valieva’s score was announced after a freestyle skating performance had an uncharacteristical error, co-commenter Terry Gannon also indicated that “there will be a gold, silver and bronze medal in the women’s event in Beijing.”

“And to finish it cleanly,” Weir noted.

Valieva was in tears after her performance, and her coach Eteri Tutberidze, who will be investigated over the skater’s unsuccessful drug test, was caught on camera asking the athlete, “Why did you let it go? Why did you stop fighting ?”

Lipinski and Weir note that while the Russian figure skater Anna Shcherbakova 1st place at the Olympics, she doesn’t “seem like a gold medalist,” as she stands alone while much of her team comforts Valieva.

runner-up Alexandra Trusova Apparently devastated as well, as her historic five fourth jumps failed to win her a gold medal.

“I hate this sport,” she was heard shouting at the side of the rink. “I won’t be on the ice anymore.”

“But this is why you don’t let things like this happen in the first place, because it affects everyone involved, not just Kamila,” said Lipinksi as the camera showed Shcherbakova standing. alone. “But this girl just won the Olympics.”

Weir added that these athletes live together while training together, noting that “it’s hard not to be affected when you see that reaction and the destruction of a young person at the end of a performance.” their acting.”

“I don’t even know what to feel or think. You’re watching her go through this pain, she’s 15, again, I blame the adults around her,” Lipinski said of Valieva as the camera showed her collapsing in tears. “But even being placed in this position, but then all the other athletes, what they’ve been through this week.”

Weir noted that every athlete at the Olympics has “gave up so much of their lives for this dream,” praising those who “have competed clearly here.”

“But it’s heartbreaking to watch Kamila have to go through this,” he added. “The people around her should have kept her out of this and shielded her from this, stopping her from competing here.”

“I can’t imagine how difficult this has been for Kamila and it makes me angry that the adults haven’t been able to make better decisions and guide her and be there for her. her because now she’s the one dealing with the consequences,” Lipinski said. “And she’s only 15 and that’s not fair. With that said, she shouldn’t have been allowed to skate in this Olympic event.”

See above, via NBC.

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