Japanese figure skater Daisuke Takahashi has split with coach and choreographer Nikolai Morozov. The move comes after Morozov's decision to coach Japanese rival Nobunari Oda, according to The Japan Times.
"It's a bit awkward to have the same coach with my rival. I had expected Nikolai to concentrate on me toward the (2010 Vancouver) Olympics," Takahashi said.
Takahashi, a 2007 world silver medalist, is also coached by Utako Nagamitsu and will continue to work with him, but will need a new choreographer.
For his part, Morozov will not be hurting for students as he has other skaters like Miki Ando under his wing.
I tried to do a search on this, but does anyone remember if Morozov choreographed Takahashi's recent "cyber swan" short program, or perhaps if the skater did it himself?