“Training with our new team, we’re athletes of the Russian national team and are looking forward to starting the new season at the test skates.” Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin
Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin denied information about their transition to the US team.
“Recently, a lot of false information about us has appeared on the net, so we would like to clarify the situation.
A couple of weeks ago, we decided to leave the group of Igor Shpilband and start working with a new team of Elena Novak and Alexei Kiliakov.
Under Igor’s guidance, we have made a huge step forward in terms of our individual and partner skills. We are immensely grateful to Igor, Pasquale, Natalia and Adrian for the work done.
Training with our new team, we are athletes of the Russian national team and are looking forward to starting the new season at the test skates.
As for the rest of the news, in figure skating all over the world there is a practice of receiving comments from various experts in the offseason, which relate to significant technical changes due to newly introduced rules.
As for our personal life, we try to protect it and hope for understanding and tact on the part of fans and journalists.”
According to MatchTV, Diana Davis and Gleb Smolkin are interested in continuing cooperation with Igor Shpilband.
According to the source, Shpilband and Davis/Smolkin had some contradictions, after which they stopped working together.
Diana Davis’s mother, Eteri Tutberidze, went to the United States to resolve issues with the coach, but it was not possible to improve the situation.
Now the pair is training with Alexei Kiliakov in Virginia, but for athletes this option is rather temporary.
As for Igor Shpilband, he refused to comment.
Igor Shpilband: Sorry, but, unfortunately, I no longer work with Diana and Gleb. I have no desire to comment.
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