Yagudin plans to return to competition
8/11/2007 10:44:17 AM
MOSCOW (AP) - Olympic figure skating champion Alexei Yagudin plans to return to competition after five years on the professional circuit.
''I'm back,'' the 2002 gold medallist was quoted as saying in Sport-Ekspress newspaper on Saturday.
The four-time world champion Yagudin, who turned pro after winning gold at the Salt Lake City Games, underwent hip surgery in New York in July and had a titanium joint implanted.
''All will depend on my recovery,'' Yagudin said. ''I was impressed by (former U.S. champion) Rudi Golindo, who substituted two joints in as many weeks and was back on the Collins Tour in six months.''
Yagudin said that Tatyana Tarasova and Alexei Morozov had agreed to coach him.
Russia went without a medal at the world championships in March for the first time since 1960, and its men placed 19th and 20th.
Yagudin's former main Russian rival, Yevgeny Plushenko, who missed the season after winning gold at the Turin Olympics last year, is also planning a comeback.