Coaches of the Year?

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  1. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    For me, Rafael Arutunian, Tammy Gambill, Mark Mitchell & Peter Johannson, and Philip Mills are and have consistently been doing such great work with their skaters.

    I also think Kori Ade does a good job with Jason Brown, and Damon Allen and Christy Krall are guiding Joshua Farris quite well.
     
  2. Habs

    Habs Well-Known Member

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    Ravi Walia, hands down. The work he has done with Kaetlyn Osmond is amazing.
     
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    screech Well-Known Member

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    I agree, Ravi was my first thought.

    My second thought was Brian Orser with how wonderful Javier has become. But hands down Ravi. I wish I could find some of his old skating videos on youtube, but I haven't had luck. I remember enjoying him when he was competing.
     
  4. TheIronLady

    TheIronLady New Member

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    Wasn't Ravi one of the most awful technical specialists? For that reason he might not win any contests. Also shouldn't Kaetlyn land a clean free program before we go crediting him for something?
     
  5. misskarne

    misskarne #ForzaJules #KeepFightingMichael

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    I think Alexei Mishin is actually doing a rather good job handling a difficult situation.

    His three skaters haven't had the greatest season between them; all are struggling with some kind of injury/illness/mystery; but he's never berated them publicly, never shown anything but support for them. He'll get them through it. I thought his handling of Tuktamysheva's growth was very sensitive and well done; I could understand if Gachinski has been frustrating him but he has never lost faith. And of course he and Plushenko have worked together so long now (twenty years soon!). And the results are there; Tuktamysheva is now producing some fine skates (her long program at Euros was magnificent!), and even Gachinski is starting claw back some form - his Nationals skates weren't great, but they were miles better than his GPs.
     
  6. victoriaheidi

    victoriaheidi New Member

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    I'll second Krall; doesn't she have Zawadzki and Wang, too?
     
  7. Lacey

    Lacey Well-Known Member

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    Should this be broken down by country?
     
  8. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    I suppose most fans will be the most familiar with the coaches who coach in their respective countries and with the top coaches from other countries who they have some knowledge of from watching skating events throughout the years.

    The Professional Skaters Association in the United States has an awards program for coaches and choreographers, but I'm not exactly sure how it works, i.e., whether honors are bestowed every year.

    http://www.skatepsa.com/Hall-Of-Fame-P.htm

     
  9. midori

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    Marina Zueva, for so many reasons. ;)
     
  10. aftershocks

    aftershocks Well-Known Member

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    ^^ :lol: At the least, she should get an award for managing to keep the top two ice dance teams in the World in her rink, plus giving them some cool choreo this season to help them maintain their top positions. ;)
     
  11. Vash01

    Vash01 Fan of Julia, Elena, Anna, Liza, and Vera

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    Great observations. Mishin often does not get credit on this board for what he does well.