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About retirement Kawaguchi and Smirnova Agency TASS said the coach of figure skating Tamara Moskvina. Athletes already announced his decision of the Federation of figure skating of Russia Tamara Moskvina.

“YUKO and Sasha health assessed health status, the opportunity to improve their competitiveness compared to other competitors in Russia and in the world. The probability of getting into the national team for the Olympic games 2018 in Pyeongchang was illusory. They decided not to tempt fate,” said Moskvina.

For his career, Kawaguchi and Smirnov won two gold medals of the European championship, and twice became silver medalists of the European championship, and also won bronze. At the world Championships, Kavaguti and Smirnov have won two bronze and took second place in the team competition .