IOC president Thomas Bach 'very disturbed' by Kamila Valieva's performance, rips her entourage for lack of support

Feb 17, 2022

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said Friday that he was "very disturbed" by Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva's disastrous performance the night before, while also ripping members of her inner circle who did not visibly support her.

In his first comments on the Valieva story, which he called "very sad," Bach said he watched Thursday night's long program on television and was struck by the pressure that Valieva, 15, must have been feeling. He said he struggled to watch her struggle through her program and repeatedly try to compose herself.

Source: USA Today
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