Stéphane Lambiel opens up on coaching Shoma Uno

Torino 2006 silver medallist speaks to Olympic Channel about the Japanese national champion who has linked up with him

Shoma Uno's new coach Stéphane Lambiel has spoken exclusively to the Olympic Channel about his plans for the Japanese skater and why he took the role.

Uno split from his long-time coacheslast June, before deciding to compete on the Grand Prix circuit without a main coach.

It was not a move that paid off right away, with Uno struggling in his Grand Prix season debut at the Internationaux de France in Grenoble, falling multiple times in both the short program and free skate.

At his second Grand Prix of the year, the Rostelecom Cup in Moscow, Uno linked up with Lambiel in a one-off capacity. Then, at Nationals, the 22-year-old accidentally let slip that Lambiel was his new coach.

Earlier this week, the Japan Skating Federation announcedthat Uno was skipping the Four Continents Championships to train more intensely with Lambiel.

Lambiel spoke to Olympic Channel Podcast host Ed Knowles on the sidelines of the Lausanne 2020 Youth Olympic Games, which are taking place in the city in which the 34-year-old 2005 world champion grew up skating in. Lambiel performed as part of the Games' Opening Ceremony.

The following interview has been edited for accuracy, brevity, and clarity.

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