"We'll see who takes me"
Florent Amodio, the 2011 European champion (23 years old) who left Nikolai Morozov, is looking for a new coach.
"When and why did you make the decision to leave Morozov?
- That was a month ago. We were to go to a camp in New York. Three days before departure, Nikolai told me that it would be in Los Angeles. I had to change the tickets. I spent three days there and I saw that it was not working. It just did not suit me anymore. There was a lack of rigor around me, not enough stability ... It's a divorce. I still have a huge respect for Nikolai. But today, I am no longer "handed over" to someone (note of me : I'm not sure of the translation here). He helped me but it's not what I need anymore.
How are you today?
- Returning to France, I felt relieved. I'm living again ! For three weeks, I trained alone in Lyon, I created my free program on La Vie en rose. It is delicate, it is smart, with a very Louis Armstrong feel. It is not yet as ready as the short program (choreographed by Switzerland's Stéphane Lambiel, double world champion 2005-2006). But it really suits me. I am within my schedule.
But you can not stay without a coach!
- We'll see who takes me ... In any case, until August 10, I'm training with the french team in Vaujany (Isère). Katia Krier took me and she did a great job. I did the quadruple toe loop again. To go on with her would be great, but I need to feel that I have my own coach. But Katia is working with Brian Joubert ... Here, we are also working with Marina Anissina (Olympic champion dance in 2002 with Gwendal Peizerat). She has this Russian insight that I like.
Are you contemplating working with a foreign coach?
- Yes. I am ready to make concessions again. Not for six months, but to prepare the Games (2014) ... It bothers me but I'm feeling good. I will not ruin that, I will move heaven and earth to be Olympic champion. I've entered a corridor. Alone or accompanied, I will be strong in Sochi. "