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    US. Coach of the Year?

    Im wondering if Anyone has an idea of who would be worthy of a coaching award this year here in the US?

    Honestly, I think the best coaches recently are Yuka and Jason. For helping Jeremy Abbott in raising his confidence and Alissa Czisny in skating more consistly than in the past.

    I also think that Igor and Marina would also are worthy for their role in getting several of the many of the best for the US ice dancers. Punsalan & Swallow, Lang & Tchernchev, Silverstien & Perkarak, Belbin & Agosto and now Davis & White.

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    If Jeremy and Alissa both win Nationals, I don't see how it could possibly be anyone other than Yuka Sato.

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    Both are excellent choices. Might Frank Carroll also have a chance? Does this award cover the whole year of 2010? In that case, there's the matter of the Olympics, in which both Shpilband/Zoueva and Carroll brought home impressive results.

    But I bet Igor and Marina as well as Frank have won before. Wouldn't it be delightful if Yuka won? Can you imagine how proud her father would be to have a second-generation coach in the family....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olympia View Post
    But I bet Igor and Marina as well as Frank have won before.
    Shpilband won in 1999 and 2005, He was also Choreographer of the Year in 2005 Carroll won in 1997, 2000, and 2001. (I looked it up. )

    Wouldn't it be delightful if Yuka won?
    Yet another reason to hope that Alissa and Jeremy skate their vest this weekend.
    Last edited by Mathman; 01-30-2011 at 11:58 PM.

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    Although Jeremy has just missed the men's podium, I would still vote for Yuka Sato & Jason, for their pheonmenal work with Alissa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mathman View Post

    Yet another reason to hope that Alissa and Jeremy skate their vest this weekend.
    Well I didn't notice a vest on Allissa, but Jeremy looked handsome in his ;-)

    I LOVE Yuka and hope every good thing in the world happens to her.

    Tom Z. might be in the mix - though I tend not to like his skaters - still Men's Gold and Lady's Silver - IIRC

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    DEFINITELY 210% TOM Z., HANDS DOWN!!!!!

    No way Yuka & hubby, by their own admission/words they've confessed that they broke down Alissa's jumps, and you can tell. They're safe & barely rotated now, just enough to land them, not good. I do NOT want American Ladies to jump like that. Rather, I want them to jump the way Mr. Tom Z. has taught them how to ~ fully rotated, HUGE, correct technique! Look at Agnes Zawadzki's jumps versus Alisssa Czisny, no question Agnes wins hands down, as it should be.

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    Yuka and Jason guided Alissa from a basket case who wanted to quit the sport to Grand Prix victor and champion of the United States.

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    Yuka and Jason both should get the award. I believe they work as a team and made great skaters out of timid skaters. I also think that Jeremy's programs were very special. Did they do the choreography? If not, then I think there should be a Choreographer's Award. I will never believe that skaters do their own. Skaters may tweek their programs for simpler movements, and that's as far as they may go. I am sure the program was even better before tweeking.

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    I hate to nitpick, Nadine, but given Alissa's lack of falls, seems like breaking down the jumps was a really good idea. Now she can work on making them bigger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    Yuka and Jason both should get the award. I believe they work as a team and made great skaters out of timid skaters. I also think that Jeremy's programs were very special. Did they do the choreography? If not, then I think there should be a Choreographer's Award. I will never believe that skaters do their own. Skaters may tweek their programs for simpler movements, and that's as far as they may go. I am sure the program was even better before tweeking.
    They didn't choreograph the program. I think Camerlengo did?

    Jeremy and Alissa both had gems of programs. Jeremy's long program is just beautiful and was hoping he would get higher PCS than he did Sunday but I guess it was just one mistake too many. Two many disruptions.

    Yuka has had Jeremy for a couple of years and it's been as up and down as ever. But she has done a great job of giving him the right vehicles. His programs last year were terrific too. I guess coaches aren't magicians and Jeremy had training problems this year.

    To me Alissa's jump seem a big higher and springer than last year. Her landings seems soft and secure. well, mostly.

    She's never going to have jumps like Agnes. They just don't have the same body types. Nothing Yuka can do about that but Alissa has learned better technique and consistency.

    Skaters can't be everything. Alissa has her strengths and Agnes has hers.
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    I don't know whether Yuka and Jason will get a Coach of the Year award, but I bet you on Saturday night they felt like the coaches of the year.

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    Shpilband/Zoueva.... three of the top five Olympic ice dancers, complete sweep of the top three at Nationals, medalists at all six GP events....

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    I think they should change this award, in order to give more people an opportunity, kind of like the Oscars. Yes, there can be one "coach of the year", but there should also be "coaching team of the year," or, "lifetime achievement..."

    There should also be one for people who coached the most successful singles, pairs, and dance teams, respectively.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Layfan View Post
    They didn't choreograph the program. I think Camerlengo did?

    Jeremy and Alissa both had gems of programs. Jeremy's long program is just beautiful and was hoping he would get higher PCS than he did Sunday but I guess it was just one mistake too many. Two many disruptions.
    I should not have mentioned the Correographer's Award because of one of the segments of the PC scores which most fans believe it is a collaboration between the skater and pro choreographer. The only collaboration I know of is tweeking the more difficult moves by the skater in hopes it will make his performanc easier not necessarily more interesting.

    Jeremy's choreo was splendid as was his interpretation of it. It didn't need a little story for it. It was in the music and Jeremy made it come alive.. Alissa's program to me had the standard choreography for Ladies - nothing special - but she did it well. Rachael had better choreo, but she did not quite bring it to any superlative performance. Maybe she will at Worlds.

    Agnes is still young in the performance field but she has 3 more seasons before Sochi.

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