Well, it is a good question. Maybe we could look at how many dance coaches over the years working in Canada (regardless of where they were born) had personal experience with, or exposure to, the very top levels of competition. One of Wilson/McCall's coaches (alongside Marijane Stong) was Bernard Ford, former multiple World champion who moved to Canada from the UK. Marina Zoueva first came to Ottawa and coached there, but really began building top teams when she worked with Shpilband...did they complement each other in some necessary way that allowed them both to achieve great success? They had extensive Russian training from Tchaikovskaya (Zoueva) and Pakhomova (Shpilband), Zoueva was 5th at senior Worlds, and Shpilband won junior Worlds. Zoueva's experience with G/G is relevant too, having been alongside them when they won an Oly gold. Carol Lane is a UK bronze medalist, her husband Jon was a World medalist and won bronze in the Olympics demo event for ice dance at Grenoble, her other co-coach Juris Rasgulajevs won gold at junior worlds.
We have many excellent developmental coaches in Canada (eg. Paul Macintosh, David Islam, etc.) but perhaps previous experience at a high international level is a key factor in taking teams to the very top in ice dance. Tracy Wilson, who has that experience, unfortunately is not coaching ice dance teams. Lane/Lane/Rasgulajevs have that experience, and are making good inroads on the world scene. It will be interesting to see what Dubreuil/Lauzon do as coaches, also Wing/Lowe who trained with Zoueva/Shpilband late in their career and were Olympic competitors.
ETA: Beyond having had high-level international experience, extremely successful ice dance coaches have likely received their own training from former top coaches.
Last edited by callalily; 10-05-2012 at 05:58 AM.