She would've still made the bobble, IMO, but she would've gotten up and not been defeated though the rest of the program... I still think she played it just as safe in 02 as in 98, if not more so, and that's what killed her chances in the end...
Back on topic, Krall was an incredible asset to Patrick through her thorough understanding of the scoring system and technical elements. Back in 1999, she was a well-known jump instructor at a few skating clubs, such as the Denver skating club. In 2010-2011, Patrick seemed like a different skater. He was really taking advantage of the scoring system from the increased value of the quad. He also utilized the the "de-sequencing" of the half-loop combination to great affect by getting all his triples within seven jumping passes and using a double axel for the last jumping pass. I hope Patrick's able to replace her with someone who can maintain and improve his jumps and go over the rule book with a fine-toothed comb.
well, i've been expecting coaching changes and partnership break up to be the 'stuff' of the off season news, but I never expected to hear about this coaching change or split. It feels so strange to say but it saddens me for some reason; I guess I've just thoroughly enjoyed these last two years of Chan's skating and this whole coaching team approach, the fluff pieces about it, and I've also enjoyed watching Krall in the kiss n cry and along the boards as she watches Chan....
It feels like an era is over somehow - a kind of masterful and respectful relationship not unlike how Orser and Yu Na appeared; I do hope Chan continues to grow and shine and wish Krall and her students all the very best.
Much of the credit of Patrick's COP savvy programs goes to Lori Nichols who has been his choreographers all along as well as acting as his coach at times. Initially Nichols and Krall formed Patrick's coaching team after Laws, with Krall acting more as a specialty technical coach, and Nichols playing the main role in artistry. She was involved almost daily via video. Then Krall became the only one by Patrick at K&C and I think it might have something to do with criticism because of Nichols' consulting role with ISU judges. Then Johnson took over the artistic instruction via dance training and her dance videos of Nureyev actually gave Patrick the epiphany to master the quad overnight.
Patrick does not seem to go after the hot coach but picks what suits him and who would help him progress. He had met and befriended Orser and Browning since he was 12 years old but went with Laws in Florida after two temporary coaches in Toronto when Colson passed away. Krall was a part time specialty coach when Patrick met her and eventually chose her to be his main coach and she is now one of hot coaches. I wonder if he has already decided on a new coach since he has decided on Toronto. There is always Nichols except he needs more of a high level technical coach these days with Johnson still playing an important role in his training. I know Browning doesn't want to coach but maybe being a special consultant or a part time coach for his young buddy might interest him? Patrick seems to be aiming for performance excellence, something he greatly admires Kurt for, as well as technical finesse.
While waiting for a confirmation from Patrick, I also hope he may now be able to take some (affordable) university courses in Canada, whether in classroom, online, or a combination.