What is Kamila Valieva net worth?
Kamila Valieva is a Russian figure skater who has a net worth of $2 million. Kamila Valieva has won many national and international championships. Among her accomplishments, she set new records for the women’s short program, free skate and total score, and was the second woman to land a quadruple toe loop in competition. Valieva attracted more attention at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, where her status in the competition was questioned due to her test results coming back positive for a banned substance.
Kamila Valieva was born on April 26, 2006 in Kazan, Russia. From an early age, she took lessons in ballet, gymnastics and figure skating, before deciding to focus exclusively on skating. In 2009, Valieva started skating in Kazan at RSDUSSHOR. She then moved to Moscow to train at SSHOR.
Early career in juniors
Ahead of her international debut in 2018-19, Valieva gained recognition for a short program she performed on Arvo Pärt’s ‘Spiegel im Spiegel’. She went on to win the Russian Young Age Championships. In August 2019, Valieva made her international debut in Courchevel, France at a Junior Grand Prix. After finishing third in the short program, she finished first in the free skate to win the gold medal. A month later, she won gold at JGP Russia, qualifying her for the 2019-2020 Junior Grand Prix Final in Turin, Italy. In the competition, Valieva won the title ahead of American Alysa Liu. She then took part in the Russian Junior Championships, which she also won. Valieva then extended her winning streak by winning the title at the World Junior Championships.
Pre-Olympic career, 2020-2022
At the second stage of the Russian Cup in 2020, Valieva won the silver medal. She improved her result in the fifth stage by winning gold. Valieva then made her senior debut at the Russian Championships, where she won silver. After that, she competed in the Channel One Trophy TV tag team competition and helped her team clinch the title.
Valieva made her senior international debut at the CS Finlandia Trophy in 2021. Although she placed third in the short program there, she managed to land three quadruple jumps in the free skate to post a new world record of 174.31 points. Valieva then made her senior Grand Prix debut at Skate Canada International, where she broke her own freestyle world record with 180.89 points. She continued her success at the Rostelecom Cup, where she again broke her own record. Finally, in December at the Russian Championships, Valieva won the gold medal and the national title with a total score of 283.48 points. Then, at the beginning of 2022, she made her debut at the European Championships. In the competition, she made history by becoming the first skater to break the 90-point mark. Valieva eventually won the European title.
2022 Winter Olympics
At the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Valieva began skating as part of the Russian Olympic Committee team in the team figure skating event. In her short program and free skate, she finished first; moreover, in the latter, she became the first woman to land a quadruple jump at the Olympics. Although Valieva helped the ROC team win gold, the results were called into question when a drug test conducted by Valieva in December came back positive for a banned substance. As a result, the medal ceremony was postponed pending an investigation.
While the investigation was still ongoing, Valieva was cleared to skate in the women’s singles event. In the short program, she finished first ahead of her compatriot Anna Shcherbakova; however, in the free skate she tripped and fell several times, earning her fourth place overall in the competition. Shcherbakova ended up winning gold, while Alexandra Trusova won silver and Kaori Sakamoto won bronze.
Valieva’s doping scandal allegedly began in December 2021, when she submitted a routine urine sample after winning the Russian Championships. However, due to backlogs resulting from COVID-19, the regular 20-day testing period eventually expired. When the test results were forwarded for evaluation during the Olympics in February 2022, the urine sample had tested positive for the banned substance trimetazidine. Valieva also tested positive for hypoxene and L-carnitine, which are not banned but could combine with trimetazidine to increase endurance and reduce fatigue. Valieva received a provisional suspension following the result, but was eventually cleared on appeal by RUSADA’s independent anti-doping disciplinary commission. In response to the news and Valieva’s permission to continue skating at the Olympics, IOC President Thomas Bach denounced the events around doping and berated coaches and other adults who allowed it.