YNK and Asada will coach each other
Has any FSUer in LA seen her "try out" coaches?
One young pairs girl (16-17) who couldn't have weighed more than 90 lbs, if that, told me how berated she was by Peter when she had admitted to him to eating a cheeseburger over the weekend. It's in line with everything else I've heard re: women going to Peter for training, but of course since everything is word of mouth, I can only say that I definitely believe it, but there's no first-hand proof unless that person posts directly.
On the same note, men should be watching what they eat, how much they exercise, etc. It's part of the regimen when you are an elite athlete. If you can't do it, then don't be an elite athlete.
Will Yuna have a weight issue? She doesn't appear to currently. Only time will tell. And she has control over that, no one else.
I will meet you half way on your earlier comment...I don't think anyone with self-esteem issues or body issues should skate...it's a tough sport..everyone (especially some FSUers) is out gunning after you. It can mess with your brain, if you let it.
You know that expression "if you can't stand the heat...."? It applies to skating in a very big, ironic way. And, the higher up or more the accomplished you are, the more heat you will get. It comes with the territory.
Last edited by crzesk8dad; 09-19-2010 at 11:39 PM.
I don't think yuna will ever have weight issues, her parents are built like pencils and they don't even work out like yuna.
The statement that her new coach will not an American male eliminates Peter Oppegard
It is the Asian genes, I tell ya.I don't think yuna will ever have weight issues, her parents are built like pencils and they don't even work out like yuna.
"There were some rumors that the Vancouver Olympic gold medalist’s new coach would be a skater who had trained Mao Asada in the past, but her agent AT Sports has denied this. `The new coach is an American man. That rumor is not true,' an AT Sports official said."
I read this as denying a rumor that Yu-Na's new coach had once trained Mao Asada (referring to Rafael, maybe) and stating that the new coach would be an American man (which Rafael is not). I don't think Mao has ever trained under an American coach. I understand though how the article could be read differently.
Attyfan, good point
Someone who lives in Los Angeles...? Karen Kwan? Michelle?
I have no idea how far Peter goes on the eating thing, but I do know many coaches who say "nutrition is not my thing, if there are weight issues I will refer you to a good nutritionist". Coaches are not qualified to give dieting advice, and a coach telling a developing young girl who is by all means already underweight shouldn't give her a demeaning guilt trip over a single cheeseburger. "It's not rocket science" that a pairs girl needs to be small, but it's also not "rocket science" that a single cheeseburger has never made anyone fat, and that a young girl doesn't need to get berated over it.
That you would imply it's okay because girls "need to watch their weight" in pairs is disappointing. Yes, they need to watch their weight, but considering this girl didn't have weight issues to begin with, this shouldn't have come up from the coach, especially not in that manner.
To also say that people who have self-esteem issues shouldn't participate in this sport is wrong. They can not only participate, but gain self-respect from it- IF they go with a coach who is careful about their health and places that first.
Yu-Na probably will never have weight issues, like someone else said, but the problem is that some coaches push girls to obsess about their diet even if they're already too skinny. That's not healthy and it's not necessary. In that respect, I don't think girls who aren't secure enough in themselves to tell the coach to step back when it comes to diet issues should be with coaches who can't clearly see when someone should or shouldn't be dieting. Pushing a girl who's already a good 10 pounds underweight never to eat anything she likes is only going to lead her down the road where food is the enemy and starvation isn't far behind. I've personally known a few skaters with eating disorders and their coach's encouragement of it was the most disgusting part of all.
Yu-Na eliminated Rafael already, so it isn't him.
Hmm...what about Sashi Kuchiki? He's not American, he works in the general area (Torrance, Paramount...) and he's a good coach. He's not very well-known but that's never bothered Yu-Na before. It would be a bit strange culturally speaking for a Korean to go to a Japanese coach...but I can't think of anyone else. Though if we are going to go down the culturally awkward pairings, it could also be Miss Li, who works at East West?
Last edited by tangerine_dream; 09-21-2010 at 05:01 AM.
Miss Li no longer works at E/W...she has been gone for nearly 3 months..she is working for the Chinese Federation in China, developing their ladies singles skaters. So, she's out.
Sashi is a good coach and great person, but I wonder if the Japanese and Korean cultural challenges would be an issue.
We shall see.