“For me, as probably for every trainer, it’s a recognition of the path already done, the work done. Moreover, my rivals were very worthy. And to be in the nominees was an honor. We just try every day to do at least something useful in the proposed circumstances. And the secret of our work is very simple - we work with love for our work, and there is nothing else, ”the press service of the Russian Figure Skating Federation quoted Tutberidze as saying.

American coach Rafael Harutyunyan and Canadian Brian Orser also claimed to win the nomination.

Earlier, Evgeni Plushenko commented on the recognition of Tutberidze as the best coach of the year according to ISU.