A pre-Worlds Orange County Register article about Coach John Nicks, who turns 83 this month: http://www.ocregister.com/sports/nic...g-olympic.html
(Note: Nicks is no longer Courtney Hicks' primary coach -- see this thread (starting with post #25) for today's official announcement.)"Well most people retire at 65 or 75," said Nicks one recent morning in office at the Aliso Viejo Ice Palace. "And I guess I to be honest with you I never much thought about it. I was always very much into what I was doing. I've always been very lucky with my health. I've had teaching since 1961 in this country. And I've only had 11 days not working because of sickness so the health thing, I've been very fortunate. That has enabled me to go on as long as I have.
"And also I think when you get older you need things to help you. You need a little excitement in your life, which you're not getting as much," Nicks continued laughing, "and I think when I go to competitions, in particular World Championships and Olympic Games, it's exciting. I really look forward to that. I sometimes don't look forward to coming in here at 6:30 in the morning in a cold ice rink and working but I really look forward to the competition part and traveling and going to these competitions."
"I do know if I coached the same as I coached 30 years ago I would be out of business, that I know," Nicks said. "And I think all coaches will tell you that through the years the adaptation you have to make with young people and the different lifestyles and the different priorities and different strengths and weaknesses the generations show after generation you just have to understand it and keep up with it and change your coaching attitude dependent on these changes. I think if you don't change you're dead."