Morozov guided Amodio to the 2011 European title. Before their relationship soured, "I'd always imagined that Nikolai would be my coach to the end of my days," Amodio said.
He's reluctant to dredge up details of what went wrong. "He gave me so much. I adored him. I don't bear any grudges," Amodio explained.
"There was a clash, a rupture, it felt like a divorce," he said. "I had a choice: Either I stay with Nikolai, where I was unhappy, things weren't working on the ice, they didn't suit me — it would, quite simply, have been the end of me — or I, quote, unquote, 'live again.' It was a renaissance."
"Separating from him felt like finding oneself alone in the middle of the ocean. I said to myself, 'Oh, crap. What do I do? How will I cope? How will I live?' But I also knew it was the only solution."
Time and the ice in Sochi's Skating Palace will tell if Amodio was right.