This is very interesting. I'm sure there is more to this they we are being told!
By the way, earlier this month, the US Olympic Committee announced that Krall is a finalist for one of its Coach of the Year awards. The awards are for all sports; the other finalists in her category are from bowling and cycling. The specific category is the "Doc" Counsilman Science Award, "for a coach who utilizes scientific techniques and equipment as an integral part of his/her coaching methods or has created innovative ways to use sport science."
The USOC's announcement of the finalists noted that Krall's work "became manifest in 2011 world champion Patrick Chan" - without mentioning his nationality .
The award recipients will be announced on June 19 in Indianapolis. (As an aside, Zoueva is a finalist in a different category, National Coach of the Year.)
I think he did work with someone from Mariposa when Colson passed.
As a stopgap he had Shin Amano and then someone from Mariposa.
I wish he could have Kurt Browning or someone like that you who would bring a totally different perspective.
Maybe Kurt will want him to win an Oly gold for him!
Since he wants to spend more time in Toronto,what about BO?
According to Phil Hersh's twitter:
Christy Krall just told me Team Chan chose to de-emphasize her role, so she chose to resign as one of Patrick Chan's coaches.
One bold suggestion: Is a coach necessary when Patrick has mastered almost everything needed for a champion(Note: He has got his 4S). If Roger Federer can(could) make do without a coach, why not Patrick?
I was puzzled as to why he was so down before Worlds to the extent of almost quitting and this explains it. He was not happy looking the whole time and was without that big Patrick grin even on the podium, which I didn't think was because of the boos. (After viewing the videos more times, especially the fancams, I feel the boos were overplayed.) From all the interviews I've always felt Patrick's coaches adore him and Krall has always seemed to have his best interest at heart and to be unselfish. There were recent mentions of CS getting a bit stale and Patrick's need to freshen his environment and motivation. Krall has mentioned the new plan for Patrick to split his time between CS and Toronto as if she was part of that plan, all for his good.
The timing is unfortunate, reminiscent of Laws's quiting but Krall was at least with him at Worlds so I think the parting has likely been done in a civil and professional fashion. At least I hope so though Patrick seemed to feel rather badly or hurt.
Another similarity to Laws' parting is Patrick's moving emphasis and main trainer, first on jumps and towards Krall and now on artistry and towards Johnson. Does that displease the original main coach who feels marginalized? I've always felt Krall's approach is that of a team work, setting him up with specialists as per his needs. So Laws brought Krall to Patrick and Krall brought Johnson to him in turn, though Johnson is already part of the World Arena Training Centre working with several skaters.
In the end, Patrick needs to do what's right for his progress and find the right support. I wish them both well with continued success.
Last edited by Violet Bliss; 04-16-2012 at 03:54 PM.
You took the words right off my fingertips, Toni!