Figure Skating

Alina Zagitova announces break from competitive figure skating

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medallist from Russia will change her event schedule in a bid to rediscover motivation for competition.

By Andrew Binner ·

Figure skating Olympic gold medallist Alina Zagitova is taking a break from competition ice.

The Russian has announced that she will focus on 'non-competitive shows' in a bid to rediscover her motivation for the sport.

“I will stay on ice, and I will continue my training,” she told TASS.

“I think it would be the right thing to do, because I’m going to learn some new elements.”

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Zagitova's decision means she is unlikely to compete at the Russian national championships later this month, or January's European Championships.

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