Two-time Olympic champion and now figure skating coach Evgeni Plushenko announced that Alina Zagitova had been thinking about leaving Eteri Tutberidze’s camp and entering his sports academy.
Tensions around two figure skating teams continue to mount after several of Tutberidze’s skaters switched to Plushenko, including two bright stars, Alexandra Trusova and Alena Kostornaia.
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Tutberidze accused her colleague of poaching skaters from their camp by offering them “tempting prospects,” which clearly indicated that he offers more attractive financial terms to work with.
In September Tutberidze published screenshots of an online chat between Zagitova and Plushenko’s wife Yana Rudkovskaya, in which he invited the skater to train on his rink.
Plushenko confirmed that his wife, herself a famous producer in Russia, had indeed written to Zagitova, but insisted that the reigning world and Olympic champion wanted to leave Tutberidze’s group.
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“Yana really contacted Alina, they communicated for a long time. Alina actually wanted to stop [Tutberidze] and join my team a year ago. Nobody tried to lure her, it was her decision, ”said Plushenko.
“Yana invited Alina to come to our shows. She didn’t say to change your coach,” he added.
The prominent skater said he tried to “reconcile” with Tutberidze’s team and tried to speak to her at the Cup of Russia last week, but that attempt was unsuccessful as the other side “obviously wants them both” to be in a state of war. “
Alina Zagitova, who has won all possible prizes under Tutberidze’s guidance, is not running this season, but is concentrating on her television career. The athlete is co-host of the popular figure skating show ‘Ice Age’ together with the famous skater Alexei Yagudin.
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