Thanks to PI .. I discovered I'm actually a Nontheist
"Love is better than Anger, Hope is better than fear" Jack Layton 1950-2011
Karen Chan is lovely but... intense to say the least.
Interesting that this is the second time a coach has resigned from coaching Patrick.
Maybe he became a Buddhist?
Karen Chan is a very smart woman who wants what's best for Patrick. She knows a lot about skating and tries to get every expert she can working with Patrick. She's big on the organizational side of Patrick's skating. Very big. She's running the show in the sense that she's scheduling Patrick in everything. She's usually observing his training sessions. Or at least this is what I'd seen in the past, I'm not training with him in Colorado or anything.
Skaters change coaches all the time. He and his family probably wanted more time together and he said he wants to spend more time at home in Toronto, splitting his time between there and CO. I'm another who would like to see him branch out to other choreographers and Jeff did a wonderful job on his gala program. He'll probably use Lori still though for at least one of his competitive programs. Good luck to him. I'm sure he'll be fine.
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More skaters were going to Kristy Crall, so maybe Patrick wanted a coach who would be more singularly there for him?
I know very little about Kristy Johnson. Who has she coached?
So many guesses very little facts.
And of course the usual haterzs will butt in with sneers and jeers.
I will just sit back and let the facts come in.
Whatever Patrick does, he is going to need someone who is as good a technical specialist so he will be able to keep the axel and quad otherwise this whole thing will be a disaster..
As for Alissa going to Colorado Springs now... she can go to 10 different coaches and it won't fix whatever is inside her head..
Hmm. Patrick Chan + Brain Orser + Jeff Buttle (choreographer)?!
Older article on Kathy Johnson
(For extra credit watch the video of her teaching and count the US Jr Nat'l champs and Sr Nat'l champs)
Ryan Bradley - men's champion
Alexe Gilles - junoir ladies champion
Marissa Secundy - novice ladies champion
I'm surprised that no one remembers the biggest coaching change shock by a reigning World champ. Kwan left Frank Carroll after winning the 2001 World title and if my memory serves me correctly, it was much closer to the beginning of the season than the end of the previous season. Making it even more shocking was that it was during an OLYMPIC SEASON. I still question that one.
"Michelle would never be caught with sausage grease staining her Vera Wang." - rfisher
For what it's worth, it seems that Chan has indeed ended his association with Lori Nichol as well. That is, he has according to Tim Koleto on his twitter.