Last year the reigning world and Olympic champion put her professional career on pause, explaining that she needed a respite following intense seasons which saw her earn every possible prize and award.

Commenting on Zagitova’s abrupt decision to take a break, Tarasova suggested that the prominent skater had retired, despite her vowing to come back to sport.

One year after announcing the hiatus, Zagitova was expected to resume her competitive career, as she was among the skaters presenting their new programs at the pre-season Test Skate in Moscow.

Hopes of seeing Zagitova back in action were dashed, however, after it was revealed that she will host the ‘Ice Age’ TV show on Russia’s Channel One.

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