Figure skating prodigy Alexandra Trusova confirmed to be switching coaches

The European bronze medallist from Russia has left longtime coach Eteri Tutberidze, and been linked to join Olympic champion skater Evgeni Plushenko

By Scott Bregman

Russian figure skating phenom Alexandra Trusova has left her longtime figure skating club, Sambo 70, and coach Eteri Tutberidze.

The 2019-20 Grand Prix Final and European Championships bronze medallist is now "considering several candidates and options" regarding who to work with next, according to her agent, who told Olympic Channel that the 15-year-old skater did not currently have a contract with any coach.

Trusova is part of the famed Russian 3A group which dominated the 2019-20 season, and includes Alena Kostornaia, and Anna Shcherbakova. Until now, they had all trained under Tutberidze.

"Of course, getting used to when athletes leave is impossible,” the famed coach said in a post on Instagram. “After all, working together, over time we become a family, we constantly overcome arising obstacles on the way.”

“Working together, we give part of our life, part of ourselves,” Tutberidze added.

Trusova linked to Plushenko

Olympic champion skater Evgeni Plushenko had announced that he had won the race to coach the young prodigy.

“The process has begun, we are preparing the official documents for the federation on Sasha Trusova’s transfer to my academy, to my group,” Plushenko told TAAS. “Everyone is currently on isolation, but now is the transition time, we are doing everything officially, as it should be.”

Plushenko, who won the men’s singles Olympic gold medal at Turin 2006 and team gold at Sochi 2014, officially retired from competition in March 2017.

As a coach, he has worked with Adelina Sotnikova, Stanislava Kostantinova, and Ekaterina Ryabova, with Sergey Rozanov another recent transfer.

“I think that we will succeed and we will achieve very good and high results. We have goals, and they are very serious,” he said of Trusova.

“We are waiting for the training to begin, we all miss the ice. I can’t wait to start working with Sasha as soon as possible "