Talalaikina to compete for Italy and Gubanova for Georgia

Maria Talalaikina at the 2021 Russian Figure Skating Championships (Photo by Donat Sorokin/TASS via Getty Images)

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.

Anastasia Gubanova at the 2017-2018 ISU Junior Grand Prix in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by Joosep Martinson/International Skating Union via Getty Images)

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.

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