It seems as though New Jersey is becoming a hotspot in the World of figure skating.
Stéphane Lambiel, the 2006 Olympic silver medalist and a two-time World champion (2005-06), has split from his long-time coach to move to New Jersey and train at the Ice Vault.
Lambiel recently parted ways with his coach of 13 years, Peter Grütter. The Swiss star will train in Wayne, N.J. under the direction of 1992 Olympic gold champion Viktor Petrenko.
After taking most of the 2006-07 season off Lambiel claimed the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships. In 2008, he finished fifth.
Lambiel will start working towards the 2010 Olympic Winter Games under Petrenko and Petrenko's former coach and mother-in-law Galina Zmievskaya, according to the website swissinfo.ch.
Already training at the Ice Vault with Zmievskaya is Johnny Weir, who won his first World medal, a bronze, at the 2008 World Championships. Petrenko, 38, is part of Weir’s coaching team.
Weir has not commented on the move, but he has said he went to Zmievskaya, in part, for the exclusivity she offered.
A number of high-level Japanese skaters are training in Hackensack, N.J. with Nikolai Morozov. Nobunari Oda recently relocated to New Jersey to work with Morozov. After the announcement from Oda, Daisuke Takahashi ended his three-year collaboration with the New Jersey-based choreographer and coach.
However several other high-profile skaters train under Morozov’s direction. Fumie Suguri has relocated to New Jersey to train full-time with Morozov. 2007 World champion Miki Ando also trains in Hackensack as does the 2008 World junior champion, Adam Rippon of the United States.