Stanislava Konstantinova leaves Angels of Plushenko

Alexander Volkov and Stanislava Konstantinova at the 2021 Russian Championships (Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images)

Bronze medalist at the 2019 Winter Universiade, 20-year-old figure skater Stanislava Konstantinova parted ways with coach Alexander Volkov and the Angels of Plushenko team.

Konstantinova described the departure from Evgeni Plushenko’s academy: “I have finished cooperation with the academy Angels of Plushenko and no longer train in Alexander Volkov’s group. The reasons are in the organizational and training processes. I am grateful to the coaching staff at the academy, Evgeni Plushenko, Alexander Volkov. I remain in sports and do not intend to end my career.”

In Volkov’s opinion, Konstantinova may have chosen to leave the team because of less ice time. After the opening of Plushenko’s new ice rink in the Moscow region, Volkov’s group remained in Moscow and now have limited ice time at the rink on Lobachevsky Street. Plushenko commented on this: “Less ice? Again, Volkov defines the training process. His group remained in Moscow due to the fact that it is inconvenient for someone to travel to the Moscow region – schools, families. Most of the skaters, about 80 percent, have moved to my personal skating rink in Gorki.”

Konstantinova began skating in 2006 and had been coach by Valentina Chebotareva from the age of nine until last year, when she joined the Angels of Plushenko for the 2020-2021 season. She did not reveal with whom she will train going forward.

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