Kamila Valieva is a figure skater from Russia, clinched the European Championship title in 2022 along with victories at the 2021 Rostelecom Cup and 2021 Skate Canada. Additionally, she boasts three medals from the Russian national championships. Notably, she was provisionally named the 2022 Olympic champion in the team event, subject to the outcome of a WADA investigation.
Full name-Kamila Valeryevna Valieva
Born- 26 April 2006
Profession-Russian figure skater
Kamila Valieva’s parents are Ravil and Alsu Anvarovna Valieva. Her father, is a Tatar and a military man who currently resides in Crimea. Valieva owns a pet Pomeranian named Lëva (also known as Lyova), which was gifted to her by fans in 2019.
Kamila Valieva is single and not dating anyone.
Kamila Valieva’s journey into figure skating began with a diverse range of activities, including gymnastics and ballet, before she focused exclusively on skating at the age of five, following her mother’s guidance. She has expressed admiration for skaters like Nathan Chen for their technique and skill. Valieva, along with her teammate Alexandra Trusova, opts for white Edea Piano skating boots with silver blades during competitions.
Her skating career started in 2009 at RSDUSSHOR in Kazan, with coaching from Ksenia Ivanova, Marina Kudriavtseva, Igor Lyutikov, and Natalia Dubinskaya. Before her international debut in the 2018–19 season, recordings of her short program, set to Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel im Spiegel and inspired by Pablo Picasso’s Girl on a Ball painting, gained global attention.
The 2020 World Junior Championships were anticipated as a showdown between Valieva and Alysa Liu, with Valieva showcasing her new programs for the 2020–21 season at the Russian test skates in Moscow, where she executed a quad toe combination in her free skate.
Her senior international debut was at the 2021 CS Finlandia Trophy, where she set a world record score of 174.31 points in the free skate, landing three quad jumps. She continued her success at the 2022 Russian Championships, dominating the short program.
However, controversy arose when the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) stripped Valieva of her gold medal in the senior women’s singles event of the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships due to a positive test for trimetazidine, a banned substance.
Allegations of Doping and Misconduct
Allegations regarding misconduct by Valieva surfaced on December 25, 2021, when her urine sample from the Russian Nationals on December 24 was submitted for analysis. Delays in testing, attributed to COVID-19 related backlogs, meant the results were not forwarded until February 2022, after the Beijing Olympics had begun. On November 14, 2022, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) registered an appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) concerning a potential violation of anti-doping rules by Russian figure skater Kamila Valieva.
The medal ceremony for the ROC’s gold win in the team event was postponed due to a legal consultation with the ISU regarding an issue related to Kamila Valieva. It was later confirmed that Valieva tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned substance, during the Russian Figure Skating Championships on December 25, 2021. Despite a provisional suspension, she was cleared by RUSADA’s independent Disciplinary Anti-Doping Committee the following day. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) heard the case on February 13, allowing Valieva to compete in the women’s singles event but withholding any medals pending further investigation. On February 15, it was reported that Valieva tested positive for additional substances, hypoxen and L-carnitine, though these are not banned. The IOC requested an expanded qualifying field for the women’s singles event, anticipating potential disqualification. IOC President Thomas Bach expressed concern over the atmosphere surrounding Valieva and suggested her coaches might be involved in the doping incident. Valieva’s eligibility for the World Championships was rescinded by the ISU, unrelated to doping, due to the ban on Russian and Belarusian skaters following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
By March 9, 2022, it was reported that Kamila Valieva had not requested testing of her “B” sample, indicating acceptance of the initial results. Travis Tygart of the USADA stated that Valieva could either be fully exculpated or receive a warning depending on the ongoing investigation. On August 8, RUSADA was granted extra time to complete its report, with a hearing expected soon. By September 15, RUSADA had submitted its report for evaluation, with a disciplinary hearing planned for late September or early October. Details of the hearing were to be protected under international guidelines for minors. WADA later requested a CAS review seeking a 4-year suspension for Valieva. On January 13, 2023, RUSADA denied Valieva her gold medal from the 2022 Russian Figure Skating Championships due to a positive drug test, while her Olympic win was upheld pending further review. CAS announced on November 10 that a final decision would be made by January 2024. On January 29, 2024, CAS ruled Valieva guilty of an anti-doping rule violation, imposing a retroactive ban from December 25, 2021.
Valieva’s approximate net worth is $5 million.