FYI, we've been using this thread since late 2016 for GBR news - here's the link to the latest page of updates: https://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/th...ating-notes-from-a-small-island.100223/page-5
BIS website updates in June:
Great Britain has been awarded a ladies singles and ice dance quota place for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games.www.iceskating.org.uk
Torvill & Dean launch British Ice Skating Academy of Dance (July 13):Torvill and Dean have joined the team at British Ice Skating for a soon to be revealed "exciting project".
More info: https://www.iceskating.org.uk/ice-dance-academyBritish Ice Skating (BIS) today launched an Academy of Dance with Olympic legends Torvill and Dean in association with Sheffield City Trust.
The 1984 gold-winning duo will work with BIS to offer greater opportunities for young ice dancers across the UK. As head coaches and mentors they will pass on their knowledge and experience in the sport to help create an accessible pathway for future Olympic champions. Skaters will be given the opportunity to develop the skills and characteristics needed to be champions on and off the ice.
This sounds cautiously positive, though it's unclear from the press release how much of this is new versus a rebranding of the existing IceSheffield dance operation with bonus T&D. I guess Chris Dean is back based in the UK most of the year now?
I think it's good that they're focusing on supporting mid-tier teams as they develop, joining up with the solo dance pathway which so many of the UK dance girls come through, and integrating off-ice support. There's always attrition in sport but it's easy to think of more than a few UK dancers who showed a lot of talent at junior level but never really made it through. Dance is the UK's strongest discipline, but I hope BIS in thinking about doing something similar for the others too. We can't rely on Zoe Jones forever!
I do wonder about how this will interact with other dance centres - how much is camps and how much is a full-time training structure for novice and junior couples. (As a case, the Humphries/Baranov group has built up a solid programme at Lee Valley, so it would be a shame if BIS start encouraging any promising teams there to move to Sheffield.)
Less substantively, they're calling T&D head coaches, but it's pretty clear they're consultants/mentors (and hopefully some Dean choreo) and others will be doing the day-to-day coaching legwork. And why is the logo of a couple doing a spiral, which I'd associate with pairs?
Thanks. The ISU Awards are too cringy for me, but I might fast forward through to T&D’s interview. From what I saw of them, Dean’s US teams were generally more interesting than most young/lower level skaters, so I’m looking forward to seeing his work with the UK novice and junior dancers.Chris Dean has moved back to the UK for a couple of months now. He even mentioned that during the Skating Awards chat on Saturday.
If Mark is still a pro on DOI, he might not have that much time either.I wonder how much time T&D will actually spend on this. I expect it's Mark Hanretty's gig really with the T&D name to give it some shine. Once we hit January they'll be full time on DOI anyway so I doubt they will have much input right when Euros, Olys and Worlds happens.
With Chris back in the UK they can do a lot of work in the remaining months, and DOI won't last forever.I wonder how much time T&D will actually spend on this. I expect it's Mark Hanretty's gig really with the T&D name to give it some shine. Once we hit January they'll be full time on DOI anyway so I doubt they will have much input right when Euros, Olys and Worlds happens.
Does Jimmy Young still coach at Ice Sheffield?
Awww Probably not going to happen this year is it, now that Natasha has qualified the spot for GB… I’m not sure if the BOA will set any criteria for her to meet - I am really out of touch.Karly anyone?
I'm excited about the potential for a full podium of pairs this year!I’m excited to see how the Dundee pairs do
There’s a qualifier in October, it’s not in Dundee this year though, it’s Sheffield again.I'm excited about the potential for a full podium of pairs this year!
Is this the only opportunity for pairs and dance to qualify for the British Championship this year? The ways of BIS (and trying to find information on their website) remain a mystery to me.
Me too. And the fields for junior and especially novice dance are pretty sparse. But there are always so many new partnerships at those levels so after the rink closures in the spring it makes sense if they're not ready to go in August.There are a few names I hoped to see competing that aren’t listed so hopefully they will do the next one and haven’t moved on or switched countries…
They're still on the GP entry list, so if they have retired they haven't told the ISU.ETA: does anyone know if Zoe and Chris are still planning to compete or if they have retired now?
I'm guessing that the rink closures due to C19 have stopped a lot of the developing skaters in their tracks.Me too. And the fields for junior and especially novice dance are pretty sparse. But there are always so many new partnerships at those levels so after the rink closures in the spring it makes sense if they're not ready to go in August.