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Russian figure skater Medvedeva announces plans to work with Canadian coach Orser

Yevgeniya Medvedeva will continue skating for the Russian national team
Evgenia Medvedeva Artiom Geodakyan/TASS
Evgenia Medvedeva
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MOSCOW, May 7. /TASS/. Russia’s 2018 two-time Olympic silver medalist in figure skating Yevgeniya Medvedeva officially announced on Monday a decision to part with her Coach Eteri Tutberidze and start working with Canadian specialist Brian Orser.

"I will continue skating for the Russian national team and will remain with Sambo-70 school, but will be training with Canadian Coach Brian Orser," the Russian Figure Skating Federation quoted Medvedeva as saying.

"I am doing this in order to make use of new possibilities and other methods of the training process as well as to continue representing Russia at the highest possible level," the 18-year-old figure skater added.

Medvedeva told journalists that she would move to Canada to train there, but she never planned to change her citizenship.

"I will be now staying and training in Canada," she said. "It is an absolute nonsense that I am changing my citizenship. This is not about me. I am looking for a long career and this is why I have made this decision."

"I will be living in Canada and I will simply have to change my place of residence for an indefinite period of time," Medvedeva expalined.

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

"I am not afraid of either moving to Canada or encountering a language barrier, and I will not be feeling uncomfortable there," she said. "I hope my level of English will allow me to communicate sufficiently."

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.

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.