Arggg... I Love Kozuka !!!
Lots of news and congratulations about the move happening on Twitter.
I hope he thrives in California.
"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
Musical coaches...but hey, maybe it will work for him this time around. Caroline Zhang did the same thing, but ultimately the move to the Oppegard's paid off and she is skating a lot better now. As for Krall she has a lot of students, two of them being Mahbanoozadeh and Farris who are like prime competition for Rippon...could get a little awkward potentially. The only elite student I know Raffael is coaching currently is Nathan Chen, and he's way younger than Adam so no awkward rivalry potential there (at least for the time being), and he probably has plenty of time to devote to Rippon. I just wonder if at some point it comes down to jumping ability, Rippon just isn't a huge jumper and his basics aren't the strongest either (likely from starting skating so late). Should be interesting to see how it all pans out.
This off-season just keeps on giving.
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Well, 1) Adam has worked on his physique and 2) moving to Arutunian should help him with jumps. Arutunian gave the Kween a little more power on jumps. I think this could work out. Also, I think he will have more face time with Arutunian due to the lack of other elite skaters as mentioned above. Abbott will have more time Yuka and Jason
Finding the perfect skater/coach match is an extremely difficult thing. I wish Adam much luck with this move. Truth is, if he's not happy or feels stagnant, he needs to change coaches. It's not necessarily the fault of either side, sometimes it just doesn't work out.
Hopefully this move for Adam will provide what he is looking for. I suspect he was not a priority for Orser in Canada, and quite honestly, probably wasn't at the top of the pecking order @ DSC, as Yuka and Jason had their hands full with Jeremy and Alissa (as well as many other students. As a side note, another of their students also left late this summer, iIRC, Alexe Gilles, who is back in Colorado, but not sure of her coaching arrangements at this point).
Adam has to find a training regimen that solidifies the 3A and a quad. Perhaps Arrowhead will be the answer.
I don't care about the axels or the coach whoring. I get to what's important--the curls. So long as he has the curls and the Lip of Petulance, I will uber him.
TG just doesn't have the loyalty and love that I have. Hear that, Adam?
"The practice of sport is a human right. Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play." –Olympic Charter
You distract yourself with Adam. Good girl. Meanwhile Max Trankov and I have slipped out the back door.
But I'm devastated about the curls.
On the overall scheme of things Yuka and Jason (esp Yuka) are very inexperienced coaches. Yuka went from a novice coach in 2010 to being the go-to person in two years. That was expecting perhaps too much from a "young" coach like her.
Looking forward to Adam strengthening his technical skills this coming season. Good luck Adam.
I miss Adam's goldilocks!
The Lake Arrowhead altitude will be good for him.
This is a pleasant surprise! I've got a feeling that this is gonna work for Adam, finally! Hope I'm not jinxing him, though.
Forgive me if it doesn't work this way, but I would have thought that if you are trying to get a certain jump or element consistent, chopping and changing coaches would be the worst idea you could have...
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I wonder if Adam switching coaches now was a result of US Figure Skating suggesting it at Champs Camp. Otherwise, wouldn't he have made the change sooner, like right after Worlds, since he is saying he felt he needed a new direction after that competition last March? There's no better technical coach than Rafael in my opinion. I just question the timing.