Something that has always intrigued me is, the way in which skaters from around the World train.
If you take a look at the top skater’s profiles in the world, they all seem to say they train around 20hrs per week.
But under what conditions?
Is this in an academy structure or is it on practise ice, or even private ice? And how many skaters are on the ice at the same time?
Here in the UK we seem to have both scenarios.
The majority of the training is private lesson based, on patch ice, with up to as many coaches as they can fit on with students. Lessons can then be topped up with academy sessions, where you have to be a certain standard to attend. As you get higher up you can attend Elite patch ice, normally during the day.
It is a lot quieter and more private.
At some rinks the training structure is reversed, the basic training is done in an academy sessions with the option to top it up with private lessons on patch ice. I believe you can have up to around 20 skaters with 4 or 5 coaches on each academy.
How do the great names train and come up through the ranks abroad, and what does everyone think is the best method?
I’m guessing that the likes of Lysacek or Asada wouldn’t get on a patch session with a young novice skater or am I wrong? (Have the ambulance ready)