Gracie Gold chooses new coaches

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Gracie Gold has switched to train under Michigan-based coaches Marina Zoueva and Oleg Epstein, she told NBC Olympics’ Julia Fincher on Wednesday.

“I just started training,” Gold said in a live chat on NBC Olympics’ Facebook. “I’ve known Oleg for a long time, and Marina Zoueva choreographed my 2014 Olympic free skate.”

Gold, a two-time U.S. champion who finished fourth at the Sochi Olympics, split with coach Frank Carroll after a disastrous sixth-place finish at the U.S. Championships last month.

Gold previously worked in Canton, Mich., with Zoueva in between her last coaching switch from Alex Ouriahsev in the Chicago area to Carroll in Los Angeles in 2013, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Zoueva and Epstein coached the last two Olympic ice dance champions, Canada’s Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

They have also worked with singles skaters, notably three-time world champion Patrick Chan and U.S. champion Nathan Chen this season.

Gold was not selected for the three-woman U.S. team for the world championships after nationals, missing the worlds team for the first time in her five-year senior career.

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