Christy Krall has resigned as Patrick Chan's coach

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  1. Yukari Lepisto

    Yukari Lepisto New Member

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    Lori Ewing ‏ @Ewingsports
    Christy Krall has resigned as Patrick Chan's coach.

    This is a tweet by Lori Ewing. Does anyone know if this is true? and what's the reason??
  2. Jarrett

    Jarrett Well-Known Member

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    She ran out of helium to make his head any bigger?
  3. genevieve

    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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    God told her to?
  4. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

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    This story implies that this was Chan's decision - but offers no details, while this one says that Krall resigned. Is this going to be a :watch:-worthy split, then? It seems kind of unusual to do such a thing, and the timing as well.
  5. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    I believe this is true (Lori Ewing is a reliable journalist AFAIK) - ETA: refer to article links posted above.

    Another Lori Ewing tweet:
    ETA link to Skate Canada's press release today (April 16): http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/NewsDetails/tabid/2157/sni[2797]/1674/language/en-US/Default.aspx
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  6. Sasha'sSpins

    Sasha'sSpins Well-Known Member

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    :rofl:
  7. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Well-Known Member

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  8. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    I'm surprised because things were going well!
  9. agalisgv

    agalisgv Well-Known Member

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    Perhaps the hand of God developed a twitch
  10. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

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    NOT surprised !!!

    Patrick Chan is Patrick Chan :cool: :watch:
  11. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    And the off-season is officially ON. :watch:
  12. Jarrett

    Jarrett Well-Known Member

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    How long has she been his primary coach? (at least in the K&C)
  13. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

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    Over/under on the number of popcorn gifs this thread will have?

    Or maybe not? I do hope she's okay and it's just irreconcilable differences - it just seems so strange for a World Champion and a coach to part ways like this.
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  14. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    So SHE resigns as his coach? Wow.
  15. ChelleC

    ChelleC Well-Known Member

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    Didn't see this one coming.
  16. Cherub721

    Cherub721 YEAH!

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    Yeah, it's like S&S leaving Steuer or something. I was trying to think of other examples of coaching switches that occurred while the skater was world champion.... there was Alexei Yagudin leaving Mishin after winning 1998 Worlds and G&P leaving Linichuk as 3x World champs and Oly champs. In both cases, though, there was a rival within the same group commanding the coach's attention, which is an issue Chan doesn't have. If it was Chan's choice as implied in earlier posts, that is very strange indeed, but he seems to be very smart and strategical so there must be a reason (and like you I hope Krall is ok).
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  17. pinky166

    pinky166 Well-Known Member

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    This reminds me of Orser/Yuna split all over again. Things seem to be going fine then boom! Maybe she was taking on too many other students and Patrick didn't want that?
  18. Emdee

    Emdee Well-Known Member

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    Chan had already stated that for the next two years he missed being in Toronto and hoped to be skating more here so this is a natural progression.
  19. overedge

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    Oh, really? There were rumblings of discontent long before the Kim/Orser split actually happened.

    [shedding a single tear for Krall and Chan]
  20. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    Perplexing. He was doing so well with her. :confused:
  21. my little pony

    my little pony snarking for AZE

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    :lol:

    well, i guess she decided
  22. Polymer Bob

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    Almost; we still have the World Team Trophy. :rollin:
  23. jettasian

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    I don't think it's the same. O/Y's split was pretty ugly. Yuna side said Orser knew about it. Orser said he's fired, or something like that, or it's Yuna's mother did the work.

    Chan/Krall's split is mutual agreement. I'm a bit surprised because I thought they do well together. I guess maybe Chan wants to train more back in Toronto. Who knows. Where is Kathy Johnson based?
  24. Iceman

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    Probably a matter of $$$$$$$. I wish Alissa would go to her.
  25. arakwafan2006

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    Maybe the contract was over? There are things Chan can improve upon and perhaps he wants to get another perspective. There is nothing wrong with that. I'm sure its business as usual in the Chan camp.
  26. Jemestone

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    Yeah but there are reports saying that it was Krall who initiated the split and Team Chan accepted it. This would make sense if he was the initiator.....
  27. B.Cooper

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    Not a big surprise to those who know Chan and Krall. Kathy Johnson has taken on a larger role in the past year with Chan.... and Karen Chan, Patrick's mother, has been very supportive of the role Johnson has played in developing Chan's skating in the last two seasons.
  28. jettasian

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    I have noticed that Kathy Johnson showed up in the kiss/cry area at 4CC and World, so I think the transition were underway then and we only find out now.

    What is KJ's role, dance?
  29. Jemestone

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    she's a dance instructor.
  30. B.Cooper

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    Background on Kathy Johnson

    http://figureskating.about.com/od/danceforfigureskating/a/kathyjohnson.htm

    Johnson is based out of Kansas City, Missouri, but has a daughter who lives in NYC.
    She also works quite a bit with the ice dancers and skaters in Detroit area.
    Johnson worked with a number of Colorado skaters over the years as they lived in the area when her daughter was a skater.
    Johnson has since returned to KC, MO as home base, but travels quite a bit, working with skaters all over but almost exclusively with Chan in CO.
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  31. carriemarie

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    Chan's mother had something to do with this Im sure...I really think this is going to affect Patrick in a bad way. Christy really was instrumental in him finding consistency and control over the axel and quads. Will anyone else have her scientific approach that obviously worked wonders with him? Kathy Johnson is based in Colorado I believe.
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    From Phil Hersh's Twitter:

    Christy Krall just told me Team Chan chose to de-emphasize her role, so she chose to resign as one of Patrick Chan's coaches
  33. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Canadian sports journalist Randy Starkman wrote about Kathy Johnson's role with Patrick Chan before last year's Worlds in Moscow: http://www.thestar.com/sports/figur...-starkman-patrick-chan-plans-world-domination
    Excerpt:
    (R.I.P., Mr. Starkman :( - he died at the age of 51 today and the "shedding a single tear" phrase orginated from one of his articles for the Toronto Star.)
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  35. eurodance2001

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    If true, this is INSANE.. Why would you mess with the winning formula?? Geez..
  36. Coco

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    Thanks for the trivia...

    I hope this frees her up to spend more time with Agnes!!

    As for Alissa taking lessons from her, well, I think Alissa needs to gain several pounds of muscle in her rear and thighs before any coach can help her.
  37. B.Cooper

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    Sorry, but if you have watched the dynamics or the interactions between "Team Chan" (Patrick and Karen) and his coaches of the last two seasons....Krall and Johnson, you can understand Krall's decision. I wonder if Chans are still working with Lori Nichol, or if they have moved on to someone else as a choreographer? Curious move on the the part of Chans, to leave someone as talented and grounded as Krall.
  38. IceAlisa

    IceAlisa Port de bras!!!

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    What is it that you had observed in K&C that is so obvious?
  39. Zemgirl

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    Assuming that's true, this does not sound like a friendly, mutually respectful split. I imagine Phil will have more on this later? And I'm sure we'll be getting Chan's side from someone - PJ Kwong, I'd guess.
  40. B.Cooper

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    Not in K&C...daily interactions in training environments/locations.