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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Russian Skating Star to Train with Brian Orser

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Aigul Minabutdinova

Wed, 09 May 2018 22:47 GMT

Two-time Olympic silver medallist Evgenia Medvedeva is leaving longtime coach Eteri Tutberidze to work with Brian Orser, the Canadian coach who has guided Yuna Kim and Yuzuru Hanyu to Olympic titles.

The 18-year-old Medvedeva had worked for 11 years with Russian coach Eteri Tutberidze. However, their relation seems to have soured three months after another Tutberidze pupil, Alina Zagitova, beat Medvedeva to Olympic gold.

Medvedeva thanked Tutberidze, who has a reputation as a taskmaster, in a statement, adding, "I learned many life lessons from her. I will remember it all my life."

Of her switch to Orser, she said, "I hope that time will pass, and everyone will understand that this was the only possible option."



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