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    At 84, you can't fault him for wanting to stay home. Been there, done that, the in flight service used to be better.

    I think it is smart that Ashley wants him to remain her main coach.

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    So she will have a second coach along with Nicks... this is not huge news turns out. It didnt make sense to me that John would just flat out leave her before the Olympics unless he was ill. It sounds like day to day will be with Nicks and whomever she collaborates with. The biggest news is who is going to do the choreography for her programs and what creative direction she will go in. I'm psyched to see. Also, I hope she comes out the gate right away with the triple triple combinations as well as 1 foot landings on her jumps. Ashley does have a way of making skating look so easy when she is on. Go Wagner.

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    "I have talked with Mr. Nicks about people who would be a good fit," said Wagner when asked about potential coaches. "I feel pretty set."
    Ashley doesn't seem that concerned, so we probably shouldn't be either. With her firey independence, I think she could compete with any number of coaches and would be fine.

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    I'm sure it's something they have been discussing for a while so it's not like Ashley is being left out in the cold. I'm sure she has a list of prospects and is in the process of narrowing down who she wants to go with. She'll still have Nicks 90% of the time; she just needs someone who can work with her when she travels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanatic View Post
    I'm sure it's something they have been discussing for a while so it's not like Ashley is being left out in the cold. I'm sure she has a list of prospects and is in the process of narrowing down who she wants to go with. She'll still have Nicks 90% of the time; she just needs someone who can work with her when she travels.
    Hints of retirement from past articles:
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news

    "Icenetwork.com: How long do you think you will continue to coach?

    Nicks: Well, at my age, I don't have any long-term plans anymore. I will sit down after worlds and decide. I am sort of leaning toward finishing this year."

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    Quote Originally Posted by arakwafan2006 View Post
    So she will have a second coach along with Nicks... this is not huge news turns out. It didnt make sense to me that John would just flat out leave her before the Olympics unless he was ill. It sounds like day to day will be with Nicks and whomever she collaborates with. The biggest news is who is going to do the choreography for her programs and what creative direction she will go in. I'm psyched to see. Also, I hope she comes out the gate right away with the triple triple combinations as well as 1 foot landings on her jumps. Ashley does have a way of making skating look so easy when she is on. Go Wagner.
    I don't believe Nicks has done day to day for a long time, so I would be surprised if he starts now. Mills fulfilled that role. Has Ashley indicated if she will continue after Sochi?

    there are a number of really good international coaches who are younger than me and have more energy."
    Wonder why Ashley is so coy about who her choreographers are?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fenway2 View Post
    Unless Mr. Nicks is on his deathbed, and I certainly pray that won't be the case, I can't imagine him ever passing up the chance to attend another Olympics. I predict that if Ashley makes the team, he'll be in Sochi. This isn't the first time he's said stuff like this. Didn't Ashley call him out just earlier this year for his flair for dramatic announcements?
    Well as much as I adore Wagner's skating, her shot at an Olympic medal is not that good now that she missed a World medal two seasons in a roll and she has again failed the 3/3. And in turn, with Nicks not traveling with her, I guess her chances are just getting smaller and smaller, now that neither coaches who changed her from the almost girl to the it girl are going to attend Sochi with her. Whoever suggested that Wagner didn't want Mills as her main coach and so fired him before letting Nicks announce the no-travel announcement is probably spot on. She probably feels she needs a higher level coach.

    Is either Gambill, Arutunian or Carroll coaching any high level ladies at the moment? (I am blanking out / just drunk)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marco View Post
    Well as much as I adore Wagner's skating, her shot at an Olympic medal is not that good now that she missed a World medal two seasons in a roll and she has again failed the 3/3. And in turn, with Nicks not traveling with her, I guess her chances are just getting smaller and smaller, now that neither coaches who changed her from the almost girl to the it girl are going to attend Sochi with her. Whoever suggested that Wagner didn't want Mills as her main coach and so fired him before letting Nicks announce the no-travel announcement is probably spot on. She probably feels she needs a higher level coach.

    Is either Gambill, Arutunian or Carroll coaching any high level ladies at the moment? (I am blanking out / just drunk)
    I think the issue with Ashley not medaling 2 seasons in a row belies the very positive fact that she actually improved as a skater from 2011/12 - 2012/13. Her performances at 2013 Worlds would probably have put her on the podium in 2012. Unfortunately for Ashley, she improved in a season that included the return of Yu Na (whom no one can beat), the return of Mao to form shedding her subpar skating from 2011 and 2012, and Carolina reclaiming the 3z and 3f-3t. I would still rank her as the #4 skater in the world right now looking at the big picture (I know the actual scores don't entirely support that. Due to Ashley's freak fall in FW, Kanako stayed ahead of her at Worlds, Adelina has posted a higher score at Euros, and Akiko was #1 at WTT). Just looking at who she's beaten in important competitions over the course of the past season.

    I don't think any of the coaches you mentioned are coaching a top lady right now. Any of them would be good for her if Nicks can't give Ashley the complete attention she will need in an Olympic year, although Tammy is pretty busy with a no. of pupils. Arutunian might have the most availability and able to offer her tweaks to jump technique to help her get that elusive 3-3 or even a 3-3 seq. He is certainly making Adam's skating 'bigger' and 'grander', but Carroll might overall be able to pull something extra out of Ashley's skating. Interesting supposition.

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    How will this impact Leah Keiser?
    Happy Skating!

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    I think timing is everything. Had Wagner's improvement come a year earlier she would have medalled at worlds by now.
    That said, the fact that she didn't points to the fact that she still needs improving either by upping her jumps or her basic skating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crzesk8dad View Post
    How will this impact Leah Keiser?
    IIRC she still also works with Christa Fassi, who should hopefully be able to travel with her to all competitions.

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