Skating history of top coaches or choreographers
I just got thinking about this - can people who know post information about the skating history of top coaches and choreographers? I am curious to know what the connection is between a person's competitive history (sucesses in comps) and their ability to launch a career in coaching or choreography.
For example, David Wilson - brilliant choreographer in the eyes of many, and from recent vids he moves pretty goody himself; was he a competitive skater? How did he do? Or what about the famous Frank Carol? and so on...
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Lori Nichol skated competively, but I don't think she ever made the podium at Canadian Nationals. Her biggest skating credits came as a professional, when she toured with John Curry's company in the early eighties. She regards Curry as a mentor and the person who had the most influence on her as a choreographer.
Trivia question, LOL. Lori Nichol won the silver medal at the 1983 World Pro. Who was first?
(Answer: Editha Dotson)
Sandra Bezic was a fine pairs skater with her brother, Val. They won five Canadian championships in the early seventies and competed in the 1972 Olympics.
Last edited by Mathman; 07-22-2007 at 09:49 AM.
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Frank Carroll was a pretty good skater in the late 1950s, but he was up against some top guys in the Jenkins brothers, Ronnie Robertson, and Tim Brown for national honors. Carroll never medaled at senior nationals, but he did have a pro career with the Ice Follies.
His coach was Maribel Vinson-Owen (the Michelle Kwan of the 1930s --except that Vinson-Owen, besides winning 9 U.S. singles championships also won five U.S. pairs championships, with two different partners.)
Last edited by Mathman; 07-22-2007 at 11:45 AM.