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Russian coach ready to swap a Maple Leaf for Stars and Stripes

Russian coach Marina Zoueva (pictured) was wearing her Canadian jacket but had packed her American one in her bag just in case.

She was in the unusual position of being coach to the Olympic gold and silver medallists in the ice dance, champions and home favourites Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, and Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

She said she was in a win-win situation and next time hoped to have three sets of her students on the podium when the Games go to her home country of Russia for Sochi 2014. "That is my next project, 1-2-3," she said." It's a really good feeling to have two (in the medals), so much excitement.

"If they (Davis and White) want to see their coach in an American jacket, they have to win."

The North American success in the ice dance ended 34 years of European domination -- mostly Soviet or Russian -- of the event and the change in fortune is due in some part to her.

"I teach in Russia and win gold, I teach in the States and win gold," she said. So it is all down to her? "Probably," she grinned.

By this stage in an Olympics, Russia have usually got two or three gold medals in the bag but this time they drew a blank in the pairs, picked up silver courtesy of Yevgeny Plushenko in the men's event and took the ice dance bronze.

With just the women's event left, where Asian and Canadian skaters are favourites, it is likely they will go home with no skating gold medals for the first time since 1960.


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