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Russian sports chief: Changing coaches in world of figure skating 'common practice'

May 07, 20:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Russia’s 2018 two-time Olympic silver medalist in figure skating Medvedeva officially announced earlier in the day a decision to part with her Coach Eteri Tutberidze

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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Numerous sports achievements are ahead of Russian figure skater Yevgeniya Medvedeva and her former coach Eteri Tutberidze although the athlete decided to part ways with her long-standing mentor, Russia’s Acting Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov told TASS on Monday.

Russia’s 2018 two-time Olympic silver medalist in figure skating Medvedeva officially announced earlier in the day a decision to part with her Coach Eteri Tutberidze and start working with Canadian specialist Brian Orser.

The 18-year-old figure skater also said that she had decided to move to Canada and train there, but never planned to change her citizenship.

"The world of figure skating has been always international," Kolobkov said in an interview with TASS. "Moreover, the Canadian specialist (Orser) currently trains an international squad, which consists of Japan’s (Yuzuru) Hanyu, Spain’s (Javier) Hernandez and Tursynbayeva, a female skater from Kazakhstan."

"It happens very often that an athlete changes a coach, this is absolutely common and this was a decision of the athlete," the acting sports minister stated.

"I am sure that Yevgeniya (Medvedeva) appreciates everything that Eteri Tutberidze done for her and they covered a long way together in the past," he said. "Undoubtedly it was a very busy and full of hard work and achievements period for each of them."

Earlier in the day, Medvedeva thanked for everything her previous coach Tutberidze, who trained the figure skater since 2007, and wished success in her future work.

"The most important now is for both sides to come to an agreement," Kolobkov said. "I firmly believe that numerous and various victories are still ahead of Eteri (Tutberidze) and Yevgeniya (Medvedeva)."

Asked by journalists earlier in the day, whether Medvedeva was planning to move to Canada and allegedly change her citizenship to figure skate for the North American country, the athlete said: "Yes, now I will be living and training in North America."

"Allegations about me planning to change my athletic citizenship are complete nonsense," she said. "All normal and sane people clearly understand that this is not about me."

"I want to have a long career and this is why such changes are taking place in my life," Medvedeva stated. "You cannot even imagine how upbeat I feel at the moment and I am motivated now like never before."

At the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang, Medvedeva won two silver medals - in team’s competition and in women’s singles. She is also a two-time world champion, two-time European champion and two-time winner of ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating finals.

The figure skater achieved all of the mentioned above awards with her former Coach Eteri Tutberidze.

Canada’s Brian Orser 56, works with two-times Olympic champion in men's singles Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan and two-times world champion Javier Hernandez of Spain, as well as with ladies' singles skaters Elizabeth Tursynbaeva of Kazakhstan and Sonia Lafuente of Spain.

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