Amodio leaves Morozov, starts training with Krier

2011 European champion ends three-year relationship with coach

Florent Amodio and Nikoli Morozov are no longer as close as they used to be.
Florent Amodio and Nikoli Morozov are no longer as close as they used to be. (Getty Images)


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(07/23/2013) - Florent Amodio, the 2011 European champion, has left Nikoli Morozov, his coach of more than three years, and begun training with Katia Krier, the French newspaper L'Equipe reported Tuesday.

"This is a divorce," Amodio told the paper.

According to the article, Amodio was to join Morozov in New York but wound up meeting his coach in Los Angeles instead. After just three days there, a frustrated Amodio decided it was time for a change.

"It was not for me anymore," Amodio said, inferring that Morozov was spending more time with his other clients, which include Olympic bronze medalist Daisuke Takahashi of Japan and Russian ice dancers Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov, than with Amodio.

Since returning to France, Amodio has trained in Lyon and attended a national team training camp in Vaujany. There, he started working with Krier, who has also trained former world champion Brian Joubert and France's top lady, Maé Bérénice Méité.

"Katia took me in. She did a great job," Amodio said. "Technically, I even got back my quad toe loop."

The arrangement with Krier appears to only be a temporary one, however, as Amodio said he will look for another coach to help him prepare for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia. He mentioned he has inquired about the possibility of working with 2002 Olympic champion Alexei Yagudin.