Italian figure skater Matteo Rizzo announced on social media that he will no longer be training with longtime coach Franca Bianconi.
22-year-old Rizzo had been working with Bianconi since he was six years old. With the coach’s guidance, Rizzo has won a gold medal at the 2019 Winter Universiade, a bronze medal at the 2019 European Championship, and was the bronze medalist at the 2018 World Junior Championship.
Last season Rizzo won the Shanghai Trophy against strong competitors, such as Alexander Samarin and Jin Boyang; however, he started this season with a fifth place finish at the Nebelhorn Trophy, after having been third after the short program.
He continues to be coached by his father, Valter Rizzo.
Instagram post by Matteo Rizzo and translation to English: