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just wondering
03-31-2011, 01:44 AM
^ I totally missed this! Where did he go?

victoriaheidi
03-31-2011, 02:01 AM
I'd be shocked if Joshua stayed with Tom Z after this year's nationals.

Was that actually Tom's fault, though, or just a variety of bad circumstances coming to a head?

[But he's already left, so it doesn't matter.]

Sylvia
03-31-2011, 02:12 AM
^ I totally missed this! Where did he go?
I believe there hasn't been an official announcement yet.

BittyBug
03-31-2011, 02:16 AM
Was that actually Tom's fault, though, or just a variety of bad circumstances coming to a head? I don't think the o.p. was referring to Farris' result, but rather the fact that Z. seems to have strongly pressured him to skate injured (or ill - forget which one). Watch the kiss & cry action action after his free skate. :yikes:

Lara
03-31-2011, 02:18 AM
Was that actually Tom's fault, though, or just a variety of bad circumstances coming to a head?

[But he's already left, so it doesn't matter.]

When Tom asked if it was worth it in the kiss'n'cry, it sure sounded like it wasn't Joshua's first choice to skate. :(

Regardless I hope the move works and will root for him to have a much better Nats experience next year.

Lacey
03-31-2011, 02:40 AM
Great for Alexe, Yuka and Jason will whip her into shape which is something I definitely think they did with Alissa, she was very well trained this year to go the distance with her jumps and programs, she showed muscle strength we had never before seen. My only question is whether or not it has yet been decided (but obviously not announced) if Alissa is planning on skating next year, and if that matters. I would imagine that there are many skaters (including some we haven't even heard about) wanting to switch to this Sato/Dungjen ship, but am I wrong to wonder how many they can take?

wildfire
03-31-2011, 03:49 AM
I wish Alexe all the best. I think there are times when a skater needs a fresh perspective, and I'm hoping this is just the right mix for her. I'm not on the bash TZ bandwagon. He's helped many young skaters beleive that they can achieve more than most and they often do. He trains his skaters thoroughly and believes in them. He certainly has his faults, as do all coaches, but it's hard not to respect the results he helps his students produce.

victoriaheidi
03-31-2011, 04:37 AM
I don't think the o.p. was referring to Farris' result, but rather the fact that Z. seems to have strongly pressured him to skate injured (or ill - forget which one). Watch the kiss & cry action action after his free skate. :yikes:

Injured and fresh out of the ER.

Ok, that makes more sense. I hope the move works for him and that he does well at Nats next year!

Marco
03-31-2011, 06:54 AM
Great. No more weird Latin stuff for her.

Yuka can work on her basics but I doubt she can help her gain a personality (or better spins...).

peibeck
03-31-2011, 07:57 AM
We'll have to begin "Free Flatt" & "Free Zawadsky" banners.

:mitchell:


Flatt will be living in California next year for school, so no need to "free" her; she would hardly be able to train there and in Colorado concurrently. ;)

I agree with manleywoman, Agnes just moved to Tom recently. I don't think she'll be going anywhere, especially considering the pretty good results she has had this season.

:drama: REX!!! No dissing Cyndi Lauper and "Hatful of Stars." :wuzrobbed

John 3 17
03-31-2011, 08:53 AM
Wonderful news. She has a lot of potential, imo, and I'd like to see what someone else, *esp* Yuka & Jason, can bring out in her.

-Bridget

Milan
03-31-2011, 12:31 PM
Great. No more weird Latin stuff for her.

Yuka can work on her basics but I doubt she can help her gain a personality (or better spins...).

I LOVED her latin program... at least compared to everything else she's done (but she was also a much better skater/jumper that year)

olympic
03-31-2011, 12:52 PM
Maybe this is good all the way around -

Flatt to CA [to whomever]; Gilles to MI [Sato/Dungjen]; Zawadzki stays and has Tom Zzzzz more to herself, at least on the ladies side?

Louise
03-31-2011, 01:16 PM
I'd rather see AgnesZ go somewhere else. She has way more potential than Gilles, IMO. Imagine AZ with a coach that will give her a competitive edge.

I can't remember much of Gilles' skating the last few years except her many falls and that awful USO-ish costume.

victoriaheidi
03-31-2011, 09:55 PM
I don't know. I think Tom helped Agnes become the competitor she is now and that he can still take her farther. I don't think changing coaches would make a really big difference for her at this time.

Now, at this time next year, I may have a very different response. But I think she's had a good enough first senior season to know she's in a good place for now.