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Samuelson and Bates split from coaches

US ice dancers Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates, the 2008 World Junior champions and 2010 U.S. bronze medalists, announced they have ended their 10-year professional relationship with coaches Yuri Chesnichenko and Yaroslava Nechaeva. They will be moving to Canton, Mich. to train with Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva at the Arctic Edge.

Shpilband and Zoueva also coach 2010 Olympic ice dancing champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada and 2010 Olympic ice dancing silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Previously the duo coached the 2006 Olympic silver medalists Tanith Belbin and Ben Agosto.

“We have spent a lot of time thinking about our skating and the direction we want to take our careers,” Samuelson said. “With this coaching change, we’re hoping to give our skating a new look and a fresh perspective.”

What do you think? Will this move be good for Samuelson and Bates?

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