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Russia’s 2014 Olympic champ in figure skating Bobrova wraps up sports career

The 29-year-old ice dancer said she took the decision with joy
Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Solovyov  Alexander Demyanchuk/TASS
Yekaterina Bobrova and Dmitry Solovyov
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MOSCOW, July 8. /TASS/. Russia’s 2014 Olympic figure skating champion in ice dancing Yekaterina Bobrova announced on Monday that she had decided to wrap up her sports career.

"In the light of the numerous questions I would like to make an official statement," Bobrova, 29, wrote in her Instagram account. "I am completing my journey in sports. I have made this decision with no regrets at all and with joy in my heart. These were the most fabulous years of hard work, victories and defeats, friendship, new acquaintances and adventures."

"The figure skating sport shaped me up as an athlete and taught me a lot of things," Bobrova stated. "However, I am turning the page and beginning a different, interesting and adventurous life."

"First of all, I am a happy mother now," the Olympic champion said adding that she will continue participating in figure skating shows together with her ice dancing partner Dmitry Solovyov.

The duo of Bobrova and Solovyov won gold medals in ice dance at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi and silver medals at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea’s PyeongChang.

The pair also won bronze at the 2013 World Figure Skating Championships and gold at the 2013 European Figure Skating Championships. Bobrova and Solovyov skipped international tournaments in the 2018/2019 season.

Bobrova and Solovyov’s coach since 2012, Alexander Zhulin told TASS that the figure skater made a timely decision to retire from sports.

"Yekaterina made the right decision, it is high time she stopped skating and she needs raising children now," Zhulin told TASS. "I believe they did enough for this sport."

"They have also reached the age when they need to focus on something else," Zhulin continued. "They should focus on the search for a new profession, on earning money by participating in [figure skating] shows, live for pleasure, bring joy to their families."

"If they turn to me I will be glad to help them to put on a show. We stay in touch and enjoy good relations," Zhulin added.