Two-time Olympic gold medal winner Maxim Trankov – who is one of the coaches of Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov – told TASS that the pair will likely miss stages of the ISU Grand Prix series.
On Monday, the skaters withdrew from the second stage of the Cup of Russia series, scheduled from October 10 to 13. The skaters opted to do so because they have not had the proper preparation after Morozov contracted COVID-19 last month. Morozov has since passed the test and is recovering from the illness.
Even though earlier in the week Trankov said the pair was getting ready for Skate America, the team have decided to change that because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic throughout the world and the complications traveling could cause.
Silver medalists in the team event at the 2018 Winter Olympics and two-time European champions Tarasova and Morozov regularly train with Marina Zoueva in the United States but the athletes are currently in Russia. Trankov indicated that the plan is to have the pair participate in the last two stages of the Cup of Russia series: stage four – in mid-November – in Kazan, and stage five – in early December – in Moscow.
We remind you that yesterday the International Skating Union (ISU) announced the cancellation or postponement of the ISU Grand Prix Final of Figure Skating, originally scheduled for December. The continuation of the remainder of the ISU events scheduled this season – which includes the aforementioned Skate America – is being evaluated.