Pairs duo Tarasova and Morozov add Eteri Tutberidze to coaching team ahead of Olympic season

The three-time world medallists will train in Moscow in the lead-up to Beijing 2022 amid a competitive scene for Olympic spots.

By Nick McCarvel

Three-time world medallists in pairs figure skating Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov are set to train with well-known coach Eteri Tutberidze for the coming Olympic season.

The Russian Figure Skating Federation announced the partnership Tuesday (27 April) in a press release.

Tarasova and Morozov will continue to work with Sochi 2014 Olympic champion Maxim Trankov, though it appears as though they are done working with Marina Zueva, who is based in the U.S.

The duo is set to train in Moscow.

Tarasova and Morozov won their third national title behind an emotional effort in December in Russia. They finished fourth at the world championships last month, behind two other teams representing the Russian skating federation: Anastasia Mishina and Aleksandr Galliamov, who were surprise gold medallists; and Aleksandra Boikova and Dmitrii Kozlovskii, who won the bronze.

Three teams will represent the nation at the coming Olympic Games Beijing 2022, though the race for those spots in the pairs discipline will be competitive.

Tarasova/Morozov were fourth at PyeongChang 2018.

Tutberidze coached Alina Zagitova and Evgenia Medvedeva to their 1-2 finish at the 2018 Winter Games, while her charge Anna Shcherbakova won the ladies' singles event at worlds this year, as well.