Stephane Lambiel of Switzerland is leaving his long-time coach to train under Olympic gold medalist Viktor Petrenko, according to swissinfo.ch. The move comes after Lambiel, a two-time world champion, came in a disappointing fifth place at this year’s world championships in Sweden.
Lambiel said it had been a difficult decision to leave his coach of 13 years, Peter Grütter, but he was in need of a "new challenge".
"I owe an enormous amount to Peter Grütter. We part on good terms and remain good friends," he said.
Lambiel will also work with Galina Zmievskaya, Petrenko’s former coach. You may remember that these two were integral in Johnny Weir’s great turnaround this season that culminated in a bronze medal at worlds.