Whoa... Wait a second here.. I think you are making a heck of a lot of assumptions. He owes us no explanations, and we have no evidence that he treated his coach disrespectfully. First of all, Hanyu may have very good reasons for the split. Training time might be a big part of this; I was surprised that the Japanese fed didn't put their foot down last summer. Obviously some of it was the earthquake but I get the impression training time is an issue. Yes right now he's finishing high school in Sendai, but he probably doesn't have long left in high school, at most what a year (if less). Now he can train in Canada when school is out, and then train full time in Canada in the Olympic season. Making the switch now can lock in Orser or another top coach who says said coach will be available in a year and get him time to get accummulated if it doesn't work out..
Originally Posted by phaeljones
His current coach may not be able to move to a better training environment for one student either personally or professionally and may understand that her student may need more training time in the future. A more stable environment is a perfectly good reason to leave a coach. Also as well another perspective for his skating is a pretty good thing at times too (the coach may understand this).
Also once again Hanyu may not have even made this decision. He's 17. He has to listen to his fed; they pay the bills, don't they. If the fed says either do what we say or we won't pay or pay less; can he afford to ignore this...He does have a loyalty towards his family too. And I'm sure Abe's known for awhile the likelhood of this happening... I think its a bit much to assume though that the Japanese Fed ended in a disrespectful way at all. We don't know the personal stuff going in with these people and aren't entitled to know. Look at what was going on in Asada's life including myself was criticizing her training arrangements. And was Yagudin rude and disrespectful when he left Mishin after Mishin got him to a World title. What about Illia when he had a world silver (and he's on good terms with his old coach I believe)
Sometimes leaving getting a different perspective can really help the skater out. I think Kozuka would benefit from this...Its not necessarily disrespectful to leave. As long as the coach is 1. paid for their work, and given credit respect for their work, and treated respectfully. There's nothing wrong there. Reports are saying that the break up was done harmoniously.
Last edited by bekalc; 04-26-2012 at 03:40 PM.