According to reports, Russian figure skaters Maria Talalaikina and Anastasia Gubanova will compete for two different countries going forward – Talalaikina will represent Italy and Gubanova will represent Georgia.
Talalaikina was most recently ninth overall at the 2021 Russian National Championships and has been training in St. Petersburg with Evgeni Rukavicin and Roman Usatov. Reportedly, the 19-year-old will move to train in Italy with Angelina Turenko.
Gubanova did not compete last season but was in the top ten at the Russian National Championships for the previous four consecutive years. Similarly as Talalaikina, the 18-year-old Gubanova has also been training in St. Petersburg with Rukavicin. She is expected to remain with the coaching staff.