The news has been out for a couple of days now on Japan news sites, but I was waiting some English site to report it because, you know, my Japanese is awful.
World bronze medalist Yuzuru Hanyu has switched coaches and will begin training with two-time Olympic silver medalist Brian Orser, the Jiji Press reported Wednesday. But Hanyu will continue to attend high school in Sendai while making frequent trips to Toronto to receive instruction from Orser.
Hanyu has been coached his entire career by Nanami Abe in Sendai and under her tutelage, he medaled at four of six events in the last season.
Hidehito Ito, the figure skating director at the Japanese Skating Federation, said the change was strategically designed in hopes of raising the level of his skating.
In recent years, Orser has been most well-known for guiding Yuna Kim to the Olympic gold medal in 2010. His current students include Grand Prix Final bronze medalist Javier Fernandez, two-time European bronze medalist Elene Gedevanishvili and former Canadian champion Cynthia Phaneuf.
Sources: icenetwork.com, Figure Skating Examiner