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    News Denney/Barrett Announce Coaching Change to Zimmerman and Fontana


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    I am stunned. this seems to be very late in the off-season to make a change, and correct me if I am wrong but Fontana and Zimmerman do not have a track record as coaches. I see abit over confidence by Denny and Barrett this summer, from the David Wilson chreo and now this change. They had some breakout season, but that does not entitle them to belong among the top pairs. I just hope all these changes don't affect what made them so endearing in the beginning--thier relative consistency and vivacity.

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    I wonder if E/L will follow with a coaching change too. Amanda and Jeremy are a couple off the ice (at least they were last season) and E/L and D/B were
    coached by the same team and trained together last season.

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    Well, they will still be in Florida. I wonder how far apart the bases are?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Antilles View Post
    Well, they will still be in Florida. I wonder how far apart the bases are?
    3.5-4 hours apart.

    I didn't know Zimmerman and Fontana were even coaching, at least not at this level. It will also be weird since Denney's sister and Barrett's girlfriend (Evora) are still training in Ellenton.

    I'm surprised by this move. If it aint broke, don't fix it. Something must have went wrong because the timing of this move isn't great with Champs Camp at the end of this month. I hope Denney & Barrett left on good terms in case they ever need/want to go back.
    Last edited by gold12345; 08-23-2010 at 07:21 PM.

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    At first I was a bit shocked. Then, in a way, it makes sense. Once both D/B and E/L found themselves at the top of US pairs, it has to have become a little bit awkward to share the same coaches, with both teams now jockeying for the same #1 position. I would have guessed one of the teams would feel the need to go elsewhere for training now. But all the other well known pairs facilities in the USA (Colorado Springs, Delaware, So Cal) are nowhere close to Florida. Zimmerman/Fontana are pretty green as coaches, but maybe it was the best option for being in reasonably close proximity and keeping up the off-ice relationships (i.e. B and E).

    I'm not at all sure this is going to help D/B's on-ice development and progression though.

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    What the heck does Fontana know about being a pair? Other than being married to one of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitt View Post
    What the heck does Fontana know about being a pair? Other than being married to one of course.
    Maybe she will work on the non-pair elements, skating skils, chreography, posture, etc. There is a lot of singles skating in pair skating.

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    Wow, seems that every skater could be a choreographer or a coach after retiring. I hope it's a good move.

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    Hopefully the are leaving because they were unhappy with their training situation and not because they are looking for a "magical quick fix" from Zimmerman. Sometimes when the success comes soon, you can get a little impatient. Zimmerman will not be able to do much with them in the few weeks they have left before they compete.

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    John Zimmerman channeling Tamara Moskvina?
    Just might work.
    I enjoy seeing success in coaching being interpreted, taught and passed down to new generations of figure skating.

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    I really hope this change will work in Denney/Barrett favor. The pairs scene has been so dismal for so many year, so I'm really rooting for them.

    I think Zimmerman and Fontana can give D&B that smooth, seamless skating that is missing from them.... but we shall see....

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    I posted the link to a new Icenetwork article about Denney/Barrett's coaching change in the Champs Camp thread in the Announcements forum: http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...mp-in-Colorado

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