Alena Kostornaya, world’s top figure skater, splits from coach Eteri Tutberidze

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Russian Alena Kostornaya, the top female singles figure skater in the previous abbreviated season, split from coach Eteri Tutberidze, according to Russian media citing Tutberidze’s Instagram.

In a reply to a comment on the post, Tutberidze wrote that an agreement was made in May with two-time Olympic champion Yevgeny Plushenko, who is now a coach with a separate group.

Tutberidze’s Instagram caption indicated that the coach and her team parted with Kostornaya after the skater gave the coaching team a list of other women with which she did not want to share ice time.

Kostornaya has not commented publicly on her coaching situation.

Kostornaya, 16, swept her three Grand Prix Series starts, including December’s Grand Prix Final, and January’s European Championships in her first senior international season.

She was the favorite for March’s world championships before that event was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Tutberidze coached Yevgenia Medvedeva to two world championships and Alina Zagitova to the 2018 Olympic title, but some of Russia’s top skaters, including Medvedeva, left her group in recent years.

Another top young Russian skater, Alexandra Trusova, left Tutberidze for Plushenko in the spring.

“There was a time, when [2014 Olympic team event champion] Yulia [Lipnitskaya] stated her desire against hitting the ice jointly with Yevgenia, and we tried to meet all of her demands, but it didn’t help,” was posted on Tutberidze’s Instagram, according to a TASS translation. “Then Yevgenia decided against skating with Alina. Today we received a list of non-grata girls from Alena, and this is when we decided to part our ways with her.”

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