Aliona Kostornaya, the world’s finest determine skater final season, left coach Yevgeny Plushenko for former coach Eteri Tutberidze, on a minimum of a months-long trial foundation, within the newest change for a prime Russian girl.
Kostornaya stated that she realized this season if she was with Tutberidze, she would have the ability to push herself to do extra, according to a Russian TV interview transcript published Saturday. Tutberidze stated she desires Kostornaya to get again her triple Axel, a leap she carried out in 2019-20 however not this previous season.
Kostornaya, the favourite for the 2020 World Championships earlier than they had been canceled, was not on Russia’s three-woman staff named on Monday for this season’s world championships later this month.
Kostornaya, 17, missed competitions earlier this season, together with December’s Russian Championships, after testing optimistic for the coronavirus. She positioned sixth in a home competitors final weekend, the ultimate occasion earlier than the world staff was named. She stated she knew a change was mandatory after that end result, in line with the interview transcript printed Saturday.
Final July, it was first reported that Kostornaya joined the four-time Olympic medalist Plushenko’s coaching group.
She beforehand left Tutberidze, whose Instagram indicated that Kostornaya gave the teaching staff a listing of different ladies with which she didn’t wish to share ice time, after going undefeated internationally in her senior debut season. Tutberidze coached Kostornaya since February 2017.
Plushenko, a brand new coach, and the extra established Tutberidze have developed rival coaching teams.
Additionally final offseason, fellow younger Russian star Aleksandra Trusova switched from Tutberidze to Plushenko. Trusova did make this season’s world championships staff, together with Anna Shcherbakova (a Tutberidze pupil) and Yelizaveta Tuktamysheva (coached by Aleksey Mishin).
Tutberidze is finest recognized for teaching Yevgenia Medvedeva to 2 world championships and Alina Zagitova to the 2018 Olympic title. Medvedeva left Tutberidze for Brian Orser‘s Toronto-based group in 2018, then returned residence to Russia and Tutberidze final offseason amid the pandemic, parting on good phrases from Orser.
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