Iconic Russian figure skating coach Tatiana Tarasova has dismissed a furor surrounding Olympic figure skating champion Alina Zagitova as “nonsense” after the star shared a video of herself swaying seductively in a black bikini.
Zagitova scooped gold at PyeongChang Games in 2018 but has since put her competitive skating career on hold.
The 19-year-old dazzled some of her TikTok following this week with a video from Dubai in which she swayed from side to side in a black bikini while stroking her arms upwards from her thighs.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="ru" dir="ltr">Алина + Дубай = 😍🔥😍🔥😍🔥😍<br><br>📹 тикток Загитовой <a href="https://t.co/tXCXEThGdC">pic.twitter.com/tXCXEThGdC</a></p>— Матч ТВ (@MatchTV) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatchTV/status/1466447388059578368?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 2, 2021</a></blockquote>
The clip earned Zagitova gushing praise from many of her adoring fans.
“Alina Zagitova is ready to melt the ice in Dubai,” one person wrote, while another dubbed her “million-dollar baby.”
“Gorgeous,” read another compliment.
However, it wasn’t all affection for the skating queen as she drew accusations from some quarters that she was flaunting herself a bit too much – and that she could even offend Muslims in the Tatarstan homeland of her father.
“Alina, why? You’re beautiful and with a figure too. But to put it on public display… Why don’t your parents teach you?” read one comment shared by Russian outlet Championat.
“Alina, don’t turn into an [Instagram model],” read another biting remark.
Amid the criticism the video was then deleted from Zagitova’s account.
But one person with little time for the detractors was 74-year-old Tarasova, who has tutored a lengthy list of skaters to Olympic and World Championship glory down the years.
When asked by Sport-Express about the backlash over the clip, the 74-year-old responded: “Criticism towards Zagitova? Why, because you can’t film yourself in a swimsuit?
“I don’t want to pay attention to s**t like that, people have nothing better to do,” added the straight-talking icon.