Agnes Zawadzki, a contender for one of three U.S. figure skating spots at the Sochi Olympics, is switching coaches four months before the Games.
The two-time reigning U.S. bronze medalist left Christy Krall, whom she had been working with the last two seasons, to return to her previous coach, Tom Zakrajsek of Colorado Springs, Colo.
“I feel we have done great work together and that I was at my most consistent competitively when working with him,” Zawadzki said, according to US Figure Skating. “Christy helped me improve artistically as a skater and renewed my love of the sport.”
Zakrajsek coached Zawadzki from 2008-11, helping her to the 2010 U.S. junior championship and silver and bronze, respectively, at the 2010 and 2011 World Junior Championships.
Zawadzki finished fourth at her season debut, the U.S. International Classic, last month. She’s one of several women in the running for three Sochi berths, led by U.S. champion Ashley Wagner and runner-up Gracie Gold.
Gold changed coaches last month, beginning a partnership with Frank Carroll, who is Evan Lysacek‘s coach.
Zakrajsek coached Rachael Flatt to a 2010 Olympic berth and currently coaches U.S. champion Max Aaron.