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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmsis View Post
    But that's Gailhaguet stating he is in control, even if he isn't, so what did you expect ?
    If the French Federation foots the training bill of Amodio, maybe it wouldn't be totally wrong to assume that Gailhaguet is in control though?

    Who is covering Yagudin's expenses in Courchevel and his coaching fee?

    It's a pity that I can not constantly be with him!
    A lot of things can be changed, but it isn't enough time!
    I suppose it's up to Yagudin if he wants to work with Amodio for longer periods or even be Florent's full-time coach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by VarBar
    If the French Federation foots the training bill of Amodio,
    The fed pays the bill but is it really its money ?

    1° Because it's a small federation, because figure skating has a mixed image in France and because the FFSG has a terrible image, hence sponsoring is scarce, the FFSG is predominantly funded by the french state (who is quite fed up with this situation). Ie Gailhaguet must answer for the use of the fed's money.

    2° each year, the french Ministry of Sport establishes a (select) list of high level french athletes, based on the previous year's results. The ministry knows exactly which athletes are supposed to get funding and the fed would be in trouble if they were not. Every skater from the national team gets its skating expenses paid in full by the fed. The fed may play the money game with "second rank" skaters or ex-skaters (and it did), but not with their star skaters.

    3° Part of the FFSG money is actually Florent's. The fed pays extra training expenses (foreign coaches, extra help) on his prize money and will give him the remaining money later.

    So if Gailhaguet has immediate financial control (very effective in a 6 months frame like with Péchalat/Bourzat), he doesn't have total control (if he was playing that in the long run, he would be in trouble with the ministry and probably with some courts).



    Quote Originally Posted by VarBar
    maybe it wouldn't be totally wrong to assume that Gailhaguet is in control though?
    You can assume he's in control based on the communiqués he is publishing. There was a communiqué from the fed thanking Morozov and thanking Katia Krier for taking Florent in the national team camp in the second part of July.
    There was a communiqué from the fed about Florent working with Yag, vague enough to make uninformed people think it was a solution to the separation with Morozov. But the mere fact that those communiqués are vague, misleading and have holes shows they are written to highlight some things ... and leave some others in the dark.

    What was pushed into the light ? The thanks to Morozov, the national summer camp with Katia Krier and now the camp with Yagudin.
    What was left in the dark ? The fed took a month before admitting Florent's situation. Gailhaguet wanted to have things up his sleeve before anyone started to talk. He wants to appear in control. And the most obvious, the one whose-name-shall-not-be-mentioned. Morozov wasn't Florent's only coach. Glesser was coaching Florent when he was in France. This hasn't changed. Why wasn't his name mentionned anywhere ? Why didn't the fed mention where Florent was between Vaujany (national camp with Krier) and Courchevel (with Yag) ? Well, he was in Méribel, with Glesser (and Lucine as those two often have their summer camp together).

    I doubt Florent has remained inactive on the coaching front, waiting for whatever solution Gailhaguet would bring. Amodio going back to Glesser is the last thing Gailhaguet wants. He's never going to acknowledge anything in that regard until he can't avoid it. And he's going to try and build an alternative solution Florent can't say no to. But that's almost impossible, given the period and the timeframe.

    You can see it both ways. Either Florent chose the worse period to split with Morozov because it will be hard for Gailhaguet to organize anything for him now. Or he chose the best period to force Gailhaguet's hand and regain control over his training program. So who's in control here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nmsis View Post
    Amodio going back to Glesser is the last thing Gailhaguet wants.
    Why is Gailhaguet so against Glesser as Amodio's coach? From everything I've read, Amodio has regularly worked with Glesser when he's in France and they work well together, especially as Glesser trained Florent from a young age and knows him well. Wouldn't it make sense for them to continue the relationship instead of starting with someone new in an Olympic year? Or is it simply a matter of Glesser being not big enough of a name for Gailhaguet's taste?

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    What is Gailhaguet's background? Was he a skater himself? He seems SUCH a powerful political figure, with all the good and bad that could be implied by such a descriptor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leapfrogonice View Post
    What is Gailhaguet's background? Was he a skater himself? He seems SUCH a powerful political figure, with all the good and bad that could be implied by such a descriptor.
    He competed in the 1970's but not with any great results - 13th at 1972 Olympics and I think his best finish at Worlds was 10th. He was later a coach.

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    Thank you very much for all information, Nmsis !!!! I really appreciate to read your comments.
    I'd like to ask you one question...I don' get why the French federation (or Gailhaguet? ) seems to act so badly with its own coaches and champions. I mean, I learnt Anissina helps the French team from her crazy husband At the same time, there are tons of articles about training camps with Yagudin, pics with Lucinda Ruh,... But zero mention of Anissina ( and, I suppose, of many other specialists, but she's probably the most titled one). I only read one article the last season, where Morgan Cypres mentioned they were very happy with her help and now Florent mentioned Marina. It's cool that at least skaters give her some credit.
    But OMG, A/P are the only French modern era olympic champions, so why does the federation make it look like they don't exist? Why they ( or Abitbol/Bernadis, Tobel,...) are never invited to Courchevel show,... while the foreign champions from the same era are? As a big fan of French skaters from the end of 90', it makes me really sad

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    Quote Originally Posted by morqet View Post
    He competed in the 1970's but not with any great results - 13th at 1972 Olympics and I think his best finish at Worlds was 10th. He was later a coach.
    Thanks. It is a similar background then to some top coaches today, like Morozov or Shpilband. Not meaningful results at the senior levels during their time, but someone rising to positions of immense power, and having reputations for "politics" as one of their core strengths.

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    Amodio posted a photo with Yagudin
    https://www.facebook.com/Amodio.florent?ref=ts&fref=ts

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    Quote Originally Posted by NONKO View Post
    Yag has great experience and a great skater during his time. Amodio will take away a lot from him. Good that Amodio is learning from one of the best.
    Prosperity makes friends, adversity tries them. – Publilius Syrus

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