I agree with some posters in thinking that an IMG agent, through an informal conversation with Orser, asked him whether he would consider coaching Mao. An official offer never happened simply because Mao and her direct agent did not approve of it. Someone at IB (very unprofessional, IMO) caught wind of this and wanted to make a story out of it. This makes IB far more unprofessional in their treatment of Yuna than IMG, IMO.
Whatever it is...I feel that IMG contacting/considering Brian at Worlds, before Yu-Na had made any decision on retirement was not right. I don't know it's just sneaky but that's how I feel. I agree what IB did....leaking that information was wrong and stupid.
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Anyway, all this Orser/Mao thing was blown completely out of proportions, IMO.
It's not unusual for coaches to have competing skaters on their rosters. Examples: Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva coaching both Davis and White and Virtue and Moir. At one time Frank Carroll coached Mirai Nagasu and Carolina Kostner. Heck Orser is coaching Christina Gao and Min-Jung Kwak who are about the same age and from two different countries.
I don't think Mao's agent was being sneaky, I think he or she was doing his/her job. I bet the conversation when something like this..
Mao's Agent: Hey Brian, I know there's been speculation about Yuna retiring after this season, would you consider coaching Mao if that was the case? Mao's been looking for different coaches and I thought I would ask what your workload would be like for next year.
Orser: Well, I have to talk to Yuna first. But I'll get back to you.
You can't blame Mao's agent for trying to look into different opportunities. I'm sure that he/she is having similar conversations with other coaches out here. It's the same ones that the agents of other skaters are having. Everyone's just making a big deal of this because it's Mao and Yuna.
I hear the Nauru Skating Federation (NSF) is pushing for Tatiana Tarasova and Brian Orser to get Nauruan citizenship so that they can go into pairs skating with Mao and Yuna as their coaches / pastry chefs. Apparently it's controversial because Tatiana wants a private jet with a chihuahua, except that it's against Mao's principles not to get a poodle.
I don't believe it was against Mao's will or she wasn't aware of the "unofficial" offer, given that she and her mother are known to be deeply involved in the choice of coaches and have strong preferences. Hard to believe her agency went out of the line like that. But my suspicion's just circumstantial. Regardless she knew about it or not, I think it is REALLY weird for her agency to ask Orser among all the people, when it's still in season, Tat was still there, and Mao openly said she wanted Yuna keep competing. Such a strange strategy from her side.
I honestly don't think Mao had much to do with this. It's not like "Oh evil Mao trying to steal Yuna's coach", it sounds more like Mao's agent asked a lot of different coaches if they would be interested in even considering coaching Mao and Orser just happened to be one of the people they asked.
Probably. BTW who's Mao's next coach?
IMG held Orser in their 'stable' at one time. Who's to say it wasn't someone like David Bagden (though I don't think he's still working with IMG) just casually going over and saying "so Brian, what do you think of taking on Mao, too?" to which Brian could have either taken him seriously or not.
that being said, I can't stand it when people let the media do their thinking and run their emotions like they have in this case. OMG! It's a celebrity SOAP OPERA! *freak out* How Orser got tied up in all of this I'll never know. Let the ladies skate, enjoy their sport and their fame, and let them alone. They're not out to get each other, they're there to win. They both have more in common than their fans would care to admit.