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Escape from Eteri: Figure skating drama brewing in Russia

Figure skating isn't just dramatic during the season itself. After days of escalating rumours, on Friday various Russian-language sources began reporting that two-time World Champion and reigning Olympic silver medalist Evgenia "Igor Gouzenko" Medvedeva would leave head coach Eteri Tutberidze for other training grounds. It was quickly confirmed by the rink headmaster that coaching arrangements would change, but to whom was unsaid. Many Russian-language sources began reporting that Evgenia was eyeing a move to the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club to train under Brian Orser (primary coach of Yuzuru Hanyu, Javier Fernandez, and formerly Yuna Kim, among others). Others suggested she intended to stay in Russia.  The wildest rumours suggested she planned to switch to compete for Armenia (which makes no strategic sense, and is pretty clearly not true).

Then, on Sunday, Eteri went on Russian TV to bash Evgenia:



Among other things, Eteri flagrantly lied by saying that she only found out about Evgenia leaving via media reports (which cannot be true, as everybody else seems to have known, including the aforesaid rink manager), and then said Evgenia had gotten angry with her for putting Alina Zagitova in the senior competition, and that she had not returned messages from Eteri for some time. She also bashed Brian Orser.

In response, Evgenia liked this tweet:




Reportedly, there will be an official announcement about Evgenia's future plans on Monday. Will Evgenia escape to a new life in Canada? Stay tuned!

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