ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — The world watched as 15-year-old Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva fell several times during the Olympic games. She ultimately emotionally broke down on the ice.
This has a lot of people asking, when is the pressure on young athletes too much?
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, says the incident is raising questions about a minimum age for competitors.
“I was very disturbed when I watched the competition on TV and how much pressure was on her,” said Bach.
WFXR News talked to Isabella Fagiani, a Roanoke skating coach, who says it’s all about the training environment.
“Who are the adults around the athlete that are encouraging them? Are those adults actually caring for their best interest or not?” asked Fagiani.
She says it’s important to ask if they are alright when they fall but Valieva’s coach is she reportedly didn’t ask Valieva if she was okay. However, she wasn’t.
“What we saw happen with the Russian skaters this week was a coaching team that has never really been interested in the longevity of skater or their well-being,” said Fagiani.
Fagiani says body image also plays into how much pressure these young women could be facing.