Thanks VarBar. I went to PJ's blog earlier but haven't got time to listen to all the podcasts. What was the name the Russian coach who developed a mathematical system in coaching? I couldn't catch his name. I want to read up on him. Lakernik's comments on IJS is interesting - that it is a system which is alive and will always find ways to improve itself. It is also interesting to read about the problems Russia is facing in getting former skaters to take up coaching. I think this problem may be existent not only in Russia but other countries too. Skaters now have many other choices post-competition other than coaching, and also not all skaters make good coaches. The conscious effort to rejuvenate in order to grow has to be a national effort, IMO. Interesting to hear Dong talked about general lack of figure skating interest in China. Hopefully, with the ascent of singles, Li and Yan, that may encourage more yougsters to take up fs in China.