Medvedeva to train with Hanyu?

Russian skater set to team up with Hanyu's coach

Evgenia Medvedeva could soon be working alongside the great Yuzuru Hanyu.

The Olympic silver medallist has split with long-time coach Eteri Tutberidze.

And multiple reports in the Russian press claim she is about to link up with Hanyu's trainer Brian Orser in Toronto.

Russian rivalry

Medvedeva just lost out to her 15-year-old training partner Alina Zagitova at PyeongChang 2018.

She was suffering from a foot injury in Korea, and decided not to bid for a third consecutive world title in Milan in March.

In April, Medvedeva made her debut as host of an ice skating show in Russia alongside 2002 Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin.

On Friday, the Russian Figure Skating Federation tweeted that Medvedeva had ended her 11-year partnership with Tutberidze at Moscow club Sambo-70.

Tutberidze has so far refused to comment but club director Renat Layshev told TASS: "Zhenya stopped working with Eteri Tutberidze.

"Of course, we don't like this situation but Zhenya plans to stay with Sambo-70, just with a different coach."

"They have a difficult relationship, like in a family. They were arguing, but they both remain at the same club." - Sambo-70 director Renat Layshev talking to RT about Evgenia Medvedeva's split with coach Eteri Tutberidze

Alina Zagitova (L) and Evgenia Medvedeva (R) with Eteri Tutberidze at PyeongChang 2018
Alina Zagitova (L) and Evgenia Medvedeva (R) with Eteri Tutberidze at PyeongChang 2018Alina Zagitova (L) and Evgenia Medvedeva (R) with Eteri Tutberidze at PyeongChang 2018

Medvedeva's TV partner Yagudin said it was impossible for her and Zagitova to work together.

"Two people who are keen to win cannot survive under the same coach, regardless of how good the coach is trying to make the situation." - Alexei Yagudin to Gazeta.ru

Despite Sambo-70 claiming Medvedeva will stay, Sport-Express and other Russian media are reporting that the 18-year-old may be on her way to Canada.

The dream team?

Orser and fellow Canadian, Calgary 1988 ice dance bronze medallist Tracy Wilson, look after their athletes at the Toronto Cricket Club.

They have two of the very best male skaters in double Olympic champion Hanyu and Spain's double world champion Javier Fernandez.

Their top women are Kazakhstan's Elizabet Tursynbayeva and three-time Canadian champion Gabrielle Daleman, 12th and 15th respectively in PyeongChang.

Twice Olympic silver medallist Orser spoke of his admiration of Russian female skaters as recently as March.

"I'm a big fan of the Russian girls. *In my opinion, they are all absolutely exceptional."* - Brian Orser to rsport.ru

Medvedeva and Hanyu have also been good friends for years. Now they could be about to work side by side.

With impossible guy... 👏🏼 #Barcelona2015 #Yuzu330

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