Around the end of June 2007, Butikov broke his left ankle while playing soccer during an off-ice training camp in Sochi in the south of Russia. On July 3, their coach Tatiana Kuzmina was killed in a tragic car accident in Moscow along with her 13-year-old daughter, Alexandra.
"It was a shock. It was so unexpected," Gorshkova said of the loss of their coach. "Elena Anatolievna (Tchaikovskaia) pulled us out of this. She found a new coach for us, Ksenia Gennadievna Rumiantseva and Petr Viatcheslavovitch (Durnev). After Vitalik broke his foot and went back on the ice for the first time, I thought, 'we won't be able to go to any competitions, not to the (Junior) Grand Prix, nothing'. We had very little time, and we didn't have (new) programs or any practices of compulsory dances."