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Olympic gold medalist Alina Zagitova delays season opener by one week

Figure Skating - Winter Olympics Day 14

GANGNEUNG, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 23: Alina Zagitova of Olympic Athlete from Russia competes during the Ladies Single Skating Free Skating on day fourteen of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Gangneung Ice Arena on February 23, 2018 in Gangneung, South Korea. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

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PyeongChang gold medalist Alina Zagitova planned to open the 2018-19 season by competing this weekend at the Ondrej Nepela Trophy in Bratislava, Slovakia.

However, she withdrew from the competition due to issues with her travel documents, according to the Russian Skating Federation.

Instead she is slated to compete in next weekend’s Nebelhorn Trophy in Oberstdorf, Germany. She’ll be a heavy favorite in Germany; her biggest threat is Japan’s Mai Mihara, who won a silver medal at the 2018 Four Continents. Both events are part of the International Skating Union’s Challenger Series, one set of competitions lower than the Grand Prix Series.

Zagitova is also schedule to compete on the Grand Prix Series. She was assigned to events in Helsinki and Moscow in November.

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