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Thread: Adam Rippon Makes a Coaching Change

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    Adam is so young. The journey is long. Brian has several Olympic generations in him yet to coach I expect. They are both well positioned to thrive but we all should expect bumps and unexpected turns along the way.

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    Icenetwork has a little interview with Adam talking about the coaching change and the quads, seems he really wanted to train with Briand because he's "less emotional"

    And here's another article with Adam and Orser's quotes
    http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...globetrotting/

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    Thanks, sigrid. Here's the direct link to and an excerpt from today's Hersh's Globetrotting blog on Orser/Rippon: http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/...for-orser.html
    ``One of Brian's positive qualities is he is personally invested in and affected by how his students skate,'' Rippon said, ``The problem was if I wasn't skating well, I felt he was upset as well. His emotional state, I just fed off that.''

    When told Rippon felt that way, Orser said it would spur him to curb his enthusiasm.

    ``It's just human for my coach to be disappointed if a skater doesn't do the best he can,'' Orser said. ``I made it clear to him I was never disappointed in him. I take responsibility, so I get disappointed with myself.

    ``The bottom line is I have to be less emotional when my skaters don't skate well. But every coach who believes in a student will be disappointed with they don't skate well.''
    Excerpt from the Icenetwork article (Rippon was interviewed on Monday, April 4):
    Icenetwork: What will working full-time with Ghislain [Briand] bring to your skating?

    Rippon: He is very technical. Everything is very simplistic, and I really thrive in the kind of environment where it's just technical and not very emotional, so I can keep focused on the task at hand. I've been working with Ghislain for a long time and I do like working with him, I get a lot out of it.

    For me, coaching-wise, opposites attract. I'm the kind of person who can feed off different people's emotions. I'm sensitive to that. If someone is nervous, I feel that. Ghislain, he's constantly very level-headed. When things are going great, he's still very level-headed; when things aren't going well, [he will say] things are going to get better.

    Icenetwork: So, you are staying at Toronto's Cricket Club full-time.

    Rippon: When I went to Toronto about two-and-a-half years ago, I went there for the environment. I really love it there. It's such a great place to train. The community of people involved in the rink is great. I don't want to lose that. If I changed rinks I would have to start all over again and I really wasn't looking to do that.

    As far as [former coach Orser] also at the rink, it's such a small piece of the puzzle. It probably leads for maybe a few weeks of awkwardness, but the practice intensity and everything else doesn't change. People have changed coaches within the rink before. It's something that happened, and I know that Brian respects my decision, and he understands what I need and we just move forward from here.

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    As a believer in natural talent, I do not believe skaters are blessed with unlimited air rotations. No matter how much Adam works on a Quad, it wil never be easy for him to execute one on demand.

    Good pianists are blessed with long fingers; Baseball Pitchers have natural speed in throwing; Wagnerian Opera singers have special volume in their vocals. The list goes on....... Lady figure skaters should have supple bodies for the modern spins.

    It doesn't mean they can not perform well. There are other things in the arts and sports to make up for it. Adam can do well as best he can. Not even Mishin can guarantee a quad for every skater - just the ones blessed with natural rotation.

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    And a little video-interview by lifeskate where Adam talks about the coaching change (more or less the same things that he said in the previous interviews posted)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCTr7j7jPao

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joesitz View Post
    As a believer in natural talent, I do not believe skaters are blessed with unlimited air rotations. No matter how much Adam works on a Quad, it wil never be easy for him to execute one on demand.

    Good pianists are blessed with long fingers; Baseball Pitchers have natural speed in throwing; Wagnerian Opera singers have special volume in their vocals. The list goes on....... Lady figure skaters should have supple bodies for the modern spins.

    It doesn't mean they can not perform well. There are other things in the arts and sports to make up for it. Adam can do well as best he can. Not even Mishin can guarantee a quad for every skater - just the ones blessed with natural rotation.
    Indeed. Although Adam's body type is not very adverse to the quad the way Evan's was. No matter how hard he tried, Evan was never really going to have a consistent quad due to his size. Adam is shorter and has a more solid muscle type, almost like Takahashi.

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