Originally Posted by Simoncat
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I do think that Joanne Mcleod is slightly overrated as a coach. Her students tend to be slow and have poor axel technique. Sure she is great with students and junior and lower levels but internationally they are often found wanting when their lack of speed really shows up.
Kevin Reynolds is a great example with what is wrong with Joanne's coaching. His axel technique is horrible and for a senior man he is way too slow.
Also Joanne has had a history of whining about her students' low PCS marks. For someone in a delusional state like Mira, this puts oil on the fire.
Not blaming Joanne for Mira's problems ( I blame Mira's mother for putting delusional thoughts into Mira ).
Mira's academic skills is not the reason for her poor social skills. Her mother did not even allow her to be with the other skaters in the dressing room. Mira often arrived at the rink and left the rink with skates on. The only time she spent in the dressing room was with nobody else there. You learn so much from the dressing room banter as the skaters talk about their experiences ( kind of a great place for unofficial informal coaching). Again great opportunities missed.