Correct use of edges and good timing will provide with you enough lift off. It obviously helps to be reasonably fit but you don't need a great deal of strength.
Last edited by Ziggy; 09-15-2012 at 07:12 PM.
I'm not aware that Adam has struggled with applying himself and training hard, but he has experienced the necessity to switch coaches likely more often than he ever anticipated or wished to have happen. However, I don't think the fact that he's had to switch coaches three times previously, and in this latest case felt the need to change coaches once again automatically labels him as being in "Bobek territory," if by that you mean switching for random reasons having to do with not being disciplined and focused, not working hard, and not improving or realizing one's potential as a result.
I'm glad Nicole Bobek has grown from her mistakes and difficult experiences, and that she seems happier and is skating again. I'm glad Adam seems to be determined to do all that he can to fully realize his potential. If that means training with Rafael and Frank at Lake Arrowhead, good for Adam! And again, I wish Adam luck, and I look forward to seeing his new programs.
Funny how some fans either complain that skaters who stick with their coach need to switch coaches, and then criticize skaters who switch coaches more than once as being desperate and in trouble.
Last edited by aftershocks; 09-15-2012 at 05:01 AM.
Adam training along with Tatsuki Machida, Daisuke Murakami, and Nathan Chen...plus Evan still goes up there sometimes.....sounds good to me!
From everything I've read Adam has the drive and discipline to train. He had great success at the junior level. I think his mental problems come from his inability to execute the big jumps not the other way around.
P.S. to aftershocks: Rippon won his second Junior World title with Orser (that was their first competition together since Orser could not attend 2009 Nationals, Rippon's senior debut.)
Last edited by Sylvia; 09-15-2012 at 04:55 PM.
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Obviously a reasonable level of fitness is required but you need nowhere as much strength as in some other sports where technique is much more crude.
It's all about controlling your entry edge (and your whole posture) and timing your entry right. If you do it well, those will provide you the lift off.
One thing that does help a lot is core strength and stamina. So having lean but dense muscles, being able to control your posture very well. Hence pilates and yoga and not weight training are the preferred skater off-ice activity. Being too muscular is an impediment because it makes you too heavy.
Last edited by Ziggy; 09-15-2012 at 08:08 PM.
Thanks Sylvia for the correction! Likely Morosov might still like to take at least a little bit of credit for Adam's second Junior Worlds title (since he and Adam hadn't been long parted ). According to Rippon's Wiki entry, he left Morosov in late November 2008 and moved to Toronto in December 2008 to begin training with Orser. Adam announced his new coaching relationship in January 2009, and competed at Junior Worlds held in Sofia, Bulgaria, February 23 - March 1, 2009.
Adam was skating beautifully at that time with clean and fairly confident-looking 3-axels. Difficult to track exactly where/ how/ when the problems with his 3-axel began. Perhaps his technique was not solid and in the switch from Morosov to Orser, the necessary stabilization of that jump did not happen. Adam certainly seemed on track for a good season in late 2010, but the wheels came off at Nationals 2011. Hard to know for sure, but obviously some disconnect happened between Adam and Orser (especially after the difficulties at their rink post split between Yu Na and Orser). Post 2011 Nationals, Adam clearly had lost a lot of confidence, which affected his jumps.
ITA Sylvia, with your assessment. I was amazed at Jeff Buttle's performances at 2008 Worlds... his 3-axel had improved so much. Working on proper technique with a coach who specializes in technical skills, and gaining confidence and belief in self might be the key.
Interesting factoid on Wiki that I never knew -- Adam Rippon was born deaf but underwent surgery at Yale University when he was young which allows him to hear almost perfectly.
Last edited by aftershocks; 09-15-2012 at 08:03 PM.
Having just watched Chen slaughter the field at JGP Austria, Artunyan is definitely a great coach. Chen has always been amazing, but the growth even since Nationals in January is incredible. Hopefully he will be a good fit for Rippon, and honestly, Chen should be a good training mate for Adam, as crazy as it seems considering he's 4'9" and 13 years old, his scores indicate he is "competition" for Adam, so they should push each other to work hard and improve as well as learn from one another.
^^ Yes, it should be a great training environment for Adam to be in. Nathan is astonishing, particularly his mental focus and his prodigious talent. Still, Nathan is a junior (albeit ahead of his peers in many ways) and he still has a lot to learn which will come with experience.
I'm sure Nathan can learn just as much or more from Adam, as Adam can learn from Nathan. As far as "competition," I think Adam has more than enough of that already in the senior international ranks. I don't think Nathan is Adam's competition necessarily, especially not at this stage. Altho' of course they can spur each other on in their training environment.
Doubt doctor could have helped Ando or Leonova since their problems with musicality and artistry are not b/c they can't hear.
The reference didn't say, but Adam must have been a baby when the operation took place. I suppose few people in skating know about this either. In any case, had the operation not been successful, Adam would still have the same artistic sensibilities/ abilities, and he may even still have been able to skate (I believe deaf individuals can feel the vibrations from music). So glad tho' that the operation was successful.
I'm trying to remember who else tried Artunian mid-career and can't think of anyone who did improve under him. I wonder how much this move is motivated by the promise of Carroll as a consulting coach.
Buttle and Asada both improved their jumps and won a world title while under Artunian.
ETA: Asada 2007 GPF free skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYJ_mG6Qvno
Buttle 2008 Worlds free skate: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ypNSQb9heLA
Last edited by Marco; 09-15-2012 at 09:41 PM.
...and Alexander Abt.
Hmmm, I seem to be accessing a strong "recall" that Kwan did not actually seek out Rafael in order to "improve her results." Obviously, no one will likely be touching the Kween's "results" in figure skating for a long time to come. D**n, if Michelle Kwan was "beginning her physical decline" when she teamed up with Rafael, she must have been on steroids during this iconic performance:
Ha ha, why not try leading a charge to take her titles away. Yeah right, "less consistent but also less compelling." Faulty "recollection" that! IMHO, it's more that Michelle Kwan never rested on her laurels and never gave up the fight to be the best she could be. Her life and career might be a lesson you could learn something from, if you weren't so busy "recollecting." BTW, for someone in "physical decline" MK looks pretty spectacular to me both now and then! I'm sure her fiance agrees.
Yep, it's never simply the "ice or the building," it's the coaching expertise and the hard work that all the skaters put in. Boy that Jeffrey Buttle, what a forgettable slacker! Sasha Abt
Props and good luck to Rafael Arutunian, and to everyone training and coaching at Lake Arrowhead!
Kwan's jumps became higher and more beauteous with Rafael, IMO. Mao had her best results with Rafael. Jeff's jumps improved with Rafael. Alexander Abt was at his best with Rafael. I think Rafael may be really good for Adam.
Wishing Adam good luck with this new venture.
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