Two-time (2005 & 2006) World champion, 2006 Olympic silver medalist, and eight-time (2001-2008) Swiss national champion Stéphane Lambiel (see right) announced on his official website today that he has split with his coach of 13 years, Peter Grütter. Stéphane expressed disappointment in his fifth place finish at the 2008 World Championships and after careful consideration, decided that "certain changes were necessary." He will relocate to Wayne, New Jersey, to train under 1992 Olympic gold medalist Viktor Petrenko and Galina Zmievskaya. Galina is Viktor's former coach and also coached Oksana Baiul to a gold medal in the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer.
Viktor and Galina currently coach the United States' Johnny Weir. For those unfamiliar, in the summer of 2007, Johnny left his long-time coach (and the only coach he ever had in his career), Priscilla Hill, to work with Galina and her team. Johnny has met with a lot of success under Galina's tutelage, winning silver at the U.S. Nationals, bronze at Worlds, and others. Best of luck to Stéphane on his "fresh start" which is how he describes his move.