The foreign-looking man was seen in the evening on the 7th floor balcony of an apartment complex, preparing to start a barbecue. The smiling woman who looked out the window every so often was figure skater Miki Ando, 21. According to a resident, the apartment is leased to Belarusian Nikolai Morozov, 33, who has been coaching Ando since the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
The following day, a young girl came out to the balcony with Ando, hand in hand. Morozov has been married three times, all to figure skaters, and the girl was believed to be the daughter from his second marriage.
Since Morozov became her coach, Ando’s skating style has evolved from a performance of outstanding technical skills to one with more artistic and expressive qualities. After confirming Ando’s stay at her coach’s apartment that lasted several days, Shukan Post interviewed apartment residents about the couple, all of whom acknowledged that their intimacy was a known fact.
In reply to Shukan Post’s questions during her skating practice, Ando affirmed that both she and her coach live in the same building but not in the same apartment. To the statement that she was seen on the balcony with Morozov’s daughter, the flustered ice skater demanded that further questions go to her agent. Morozov came to her rescue shouting “No pictures!” to Shukan Post reporters.
Ando’s former coach Nobuo Sato comments that their relationship is no one’s business, so long as there are positive results on the ice. The public will know the answer to that at the Vancouver Olympics.