Florent Amodio to Tom Zakrajsek and Ashley Wagner to John Nicks ?
I got this from International Skating Magazine Facebook.
"Coaching changes seem to be the name of the game this off-season.
French star Florent Amodio has left Russia and will make Colorado Springs his new training base. He will train with Tom Zakrajsek.
America's Ashley Wagner has left Priscilla Hill and is moving to California to train with John Nicks".
A source is not provided for either coaching change, however. US Figure Skating will publish a press release to make Wagner's coaching change official (hasn't happened yet) -- hearsay info was posted at FSU yesterday. I'm also reading at FSU that Amodio may only be spending part of the summer in Colorado Springs.
Oh okay. I wasn't sure if was true or not.
I like the Wagner/Nicks team. He may be her last chance to let loose and just let the skating come organically. She want's it so bad...very Sasha like.
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I am stunned by both moves. Priscilla and Ashely were like family and the Florent/ Morozov relationship seemed very good. maybe pressure from the Russian federation on that one? I wonder who Florent will use for chreo? Ashley moving to Mr. Nicks does not sound like the best move. he is very old now and besides his strength was not jump technique coaching. Ashley already has nice spin positions and stretch. She needs technique help. Maybe she should be going to Colorado Springs instead.
I wonder how P- Chiddy feel about a new rival at the rink?
What Florent feeded to the Facebook was this:
New-York with Nikolai Morozov
2 new programs
Colorado with Tom Zakrashek
Courchevel with Annick Dumont
Like subtlety in ice dancing
Maybe he's with Tom Z just to work on something specific, like a quad (although Tom Z's approach, judging by Brandom Mroz, is to have the skater skate as slowly as possible to get into the jump so even that's not a great thing). Let us all hope and pray (and if necessary call in favors from the mafia) that the very talented Florent Amodio doesn't get squandered by Tom Z's coaching.
If this does pan out, will Florent be Tom Z's first international skater? Having such a flamboyant guy around could potentially help Brandon Mroz up his artistic quality.
Why would just a few weeks' stay make it Z"'s"?
Originally Posted by BackStage Barbie
Or do you mean the first foreign skater he ever worked for?
I mean if Florent does indeed make a full time coaching change to Tom Z as suggested by many others.
Originally Posted by sorcerer
I think he is attracting skaters to train there. Amodio is no rival, being a little older and yet quite a bit behind Chan in all aspects of skating. OK, except for emoting in place, which he may stop doing so much if he leaves Morozov. However, it sounds like Morozov will choreograph both his new programs.
Originally Posted by Tinymavy15
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There are lots of reasons Amodio might skate for a bit at CS.
Maybe Tom will help him recognize that skating to lyrics is not the best idea in your LP?
Maybe he just wants to train at altitude to develop stamina?
Or work on avoiding edge calls, and on perfecting a quad?
Maybe quality of ice at his home rink is lousy in summer.
Maybe he wants to check out what Chan does in training on a regular basis?
Most of Zakrajek's skaters have decent Tech Elements. It's their performances that are not winning any medals. I'm not sure if Z has anything to do with the choreography which does not show any of his skaters' styles. Seems to be Coach v. Choreographer.
What Amodio is doing there is most likely working on a problematic element, and his stay in Colorado is short. It's also a good place to get used to the high climate.
Nevermind it was just something I heard....
Last edited by lavender; 06-08-2011 at 02:34 PM.
Originally Posted by lavender