Russian figure skater trained by a Canadian coach performed at the World Figure Skating Championships

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Evgenia Medvedeva and Brian Orser at the 2018 Internationaux de France ladies' public practice (Harmonia Amanda/Wikimedia Commons)

Results and future plans

On March 22, 2019, Russian figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva who has been trained by Brian Orser in Canada since summer 2018 earned a bronze medal at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in Saitama, Japan.

As reported by the International Skating Union (ISU), Evgenia Medvedeva scored 223.80 points in total and was beaten by Russian Olympic Champion Alina Zagitova (237.50 points) and Kazakh skater Elizabeth Tursynbaeva (224.76 points). According to Evgenia, she was satisfied with her performance in both short and free programs. In her interview with the ISU, the Russian figure skater elaborated a bit on the beginning of this season after her move to Canada in order to change a coaching team. She said that the move had been life-changing for her, especially in terms of finding a balance between daily life and figure skating.

“My next free program is going to be Memoirs of a Geisha… That was my decision, and Brian and Tracy [Wilson, second coach] said ‘totally, yes.’”

As stated in Medvedeva’s interview with TASS, she felt “adopted” at the beginning of the season because of the coaching team’s change. As for now, Evgenia doesn’t have this feeling anymore. In turn, she is very well supported by her Canadian coaches.

In his interview with TV360, Brian Orser compared this season of his Russian pupil with a rollercoaster. He thinks that Medvedeva needs approximately 18 months for a complete change, and it has been only 10 so far. “The best is ahead of us,” reassured the Canadian coach.

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