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Orser denies rumors he could coach Mao Asada

All Headlines 12:09 April 25, 2010

SEOUL, April 25 (Yonhap) -- Brian Orser, coach of Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kim Yu-na, on Sunday denied rumors that he is considering coaching Olympic runner-up Mao Asada of Japan.

In a telephone interview with Yonhap, the Canadian admitted that Asada's agent had offered him the job at the World Championships last month, where the Japanese figure skater reclaimed her world title from Kim, the 2009 champion.

But Orser, who has coached Kim since 2006, said that he is not considering coaching Asada and that he is devoted to Kim.

Asada has been reportedly grown frustrated with her coach, Tatiana Tarasova of Russia, and is seeking a new coach for the next Olympic Games in 2014. The 2008 and 2010 world champion has been taught by Tarasova since 2008 but failed to win gold medal at the Vancouver Winter Olympics.

The rumor about Orser has spread widely, as Kim has reportedly been considering whether to retire and go professional or enter competitions for the 2014 Olympics.

Orser said that he has to help Kim make the decision first, and that he wants to teach Kim if she decides to continue her career.

With Orser, Kim has won mountains of titles including the Olympic gold medal, a world championship title, and three Grand Prix Final trophies, with the world's highest score of 228.56.

brk@yna.co.kr
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