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Virtue, Moir to keep training in Michigan after coach firing

The Canadian Press

6/7/2012 12:36:41 PM

OTTAWA -- Canada's Olympic and world ice dance champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir will continue to train in Canton, Mich., despite the recent firing of one of their coaches.

Igor Shpilband, who had coached Virtue and Moir in Michigan alongside Marina Zoueva for the past eight years, announced earlier this week he'd been fired.

"Their coaching partnership provided an enjoyable and productive training environment and together we experienced great success on the ice," Moir said in a release. "We were obviously disappointed to receive the news that our coaching team of Marina and Igor will no longer be working together."

Zoueva will remain the dancers' coach.

"It was an honour to work with (Shpilband) every day, and we respect his dance knowledge and technical expertise," Virtue said. "We are very grateful to him for everything he has helped us achieve."

Vitue, from London, Ont., and Moir, from Ilderton, Ont., captured their second world title in March in Nice, France, and then took a six-week break from competition, touring with Stars on Ice and taking some planned vacation time.

The two are scheduled to compete at two ISU Grand Prix events: Skate Canada International in Windsor, Ont., Oct. 26-28, and the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Nov. 9-11.

London, Ont., will host the 2013 world championships.