Alexe Gilles to train with Sato & Dungjen in Detroit

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  1. chipso1

    chipso1 Well-Known Member

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  3. chipso1

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    I think this is a great step in the right direction for her. I'm excited to see if Yuka and Jason can work their magic on her. :)
  4. flyingsit

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    Hooray! It just wasn't working for her in Colorado Springs anymore, and better to try somewhere else than to give up (possibly prematurely).
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  5. barbk

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    She looked okay in practices -- it was the competitions when she just fell apart. Maybe Sato & Dungjen can help her get her head back. They certainly have made a difference with Czisny.
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  6. Debbie S

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    Good move for Alexe. I wish Joshua Farris would do the same.
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  7. lilshorty

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    Wow, so far Tom Z has had two skaters to leave for Jason and Yuka. Agnes needs to be next...
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  8. JeffClair1979

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    Fabulous idea for Alexe! Broke my heart to see her so sad at 09 SA and Nats this year...
  9. nubka

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    Her practices at Nationals didn't go well at all. :(:(
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  10. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    I'm surprised that she's staying on, as she's become quite tall for a skater. I wish her well.
  11. VIETgrlTerifa

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    It looks like Abbott started a trend. Sato & Dunjen are getting quite popular.

    Even if it doesn't work out as well as Gilles plans, I think more skaters, especially those in congested environments, need to take a chance on "lesser-known" coaches rather than trying to go to where the swarm is.
  12. Stormy

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    This is a great move for her. I like her and her skating and hope this works out.
  13. Triple Butz

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    That's what i thought when I saw this thread, why not Agnes???
  14. manleywoman

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    Agnes just got to Tom, and frankly, is doing well under him despite how posters here may complain about him. I can't see her leaving at this point.
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  15. Rex

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    So long as Yuka doesn't make her skate to "Hatful of Stars"....:shuffle:
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    I'm glad she has decided to make a change (it was needed after her dismal outing this season IMO), but I really think she'll remain a non-contender at this point.
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  17. Jenna

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    I'm very happy for her! Hope she can work her way back into the top next year.
  18. smarts1

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    So where is she going to college? Is MSU or UMich?
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    RESCUED AT LAST!!!!
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    We'll have to begin "Free Flatt" & "Free Zawadsky" banners.

    :mitchell:
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    Well, the Gilles family certainly has unlimited funds. I wonder if Piper will actually find a new partner and make another go at it.

    I agree with all who've said they wish it was Agnes.
  22. BittyBug

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    Alexe has really seemed to struggle since she moved up from juniors, so I hope this move will allow her to realize her potential.
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  23. ChibiChibi

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    Piper has moved to East West Ice Palace in Artesia, CA, I think. She's listed as a staff coach there. Is she still competing?

    http://www.eastwesticepalace.com/figure/staff-coaches.html
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    Good for Alexe. It may be too late, but we'll see.

    Agnes should be heading to Yuka & Jason, too. It's not too late for her.
  25. pinky166

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    This is very good news. I really hope it helps and think there is a good chance it will. Nice to see her continuing. Best of luck to Alexe!
  26. Theatregirl1122

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    Does she mention college? I didn't see any mention of it in the article, but maybe I missed it. However, MSU is an hour and a half from Bloomfield Hills. If she were to go to College, there are many closer options.
  27. victoriaheidi

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    I'm happy for Alexe. I think she definitely COULD be amazing, and Yuka and Jason would be awesome for her.

    As for college, I hope she plans on doing something.

    Actually, I think that Tom Z isn't so bad for Agnes, so I'm not rushing to encourage her to move. Actually, this is better for her and for Joshua Farris-the other skaters seem to be clearing out.
  28. Theatregirl1122

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    I'd be shocked if Joshua stayed with Tom Z after this year's nationals.
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    Good for her. I think she has a lot of talent and her jumps are gorgeous when she lands them. Hopefully Yuka and Jason will help her realize her potential like they did with Czisny.
  30. Roxanne

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    Farris has already left Tom Z.
  31. just wondering

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    ^ I totally missed this! Where did he go?
  32. victoriaheidi

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    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.]
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    I believe there hasn't been an official announcement yet.
  34. BittyBug

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    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:
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    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.
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  36. Lacey

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    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?
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    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.
  38. victoriaheidi

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    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!
  39. Marco

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    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...).
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    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