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Yevgenia Medvedeva, coach split after Olympic silver, world titles

Tutberidze with Medvedeva

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.

Maddie Meyer

Russian figure skater Yevgenia Medvedeva and the coach who guided her to become the most dominant woman in the sport in nearly 30 years have split.

Russia’s figure skating federation tweeted Friday that Medvedeva left coach Eteri Tutberidze and linked to one of several Russian media stories about the news.

Medvedeva, now 18, started training under Tutberidze at age 7. She became world junior champion in 2015 and world senior champion in 2016 and 2017.

She went undefeated for more than two years -- the longest streak in women’s singles since Katarina Witt in the 1980s -- and looked primed for Olympic gold in PyeongChang before being sidelined by a foot injury last fall.

Countrywoman Alina Zagitova, 15, who also trained under Tutberidze, surpassed Medvedeva and edged her for gold in PyeongChang.

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