Most of the what I consider to be the legendary coaches: Moskvina, Moskvin, Carroll, Callahan, Mishin, Tarasova etc are (to put it bluntly ) getting up in age, and they are going to retire someday. Who will the mantle be passed to and become the next generation of legendary coaches?
Bin Yao is certainly the epitome of the Chinese Pair Machine and has done so much to get China on the map. This is especially amazing considering how far behind China was as recently as the 1980s, when they just begun to skate on the World Stage.
I'm not sure about his previous record or how long he has been coaching, but Victor K(not going to try to spell his las name ) is doing a lot for Russian skating right now. I know he coaches Ilia Klimikin and I believe he also coaches Elena Sokolova, as well as other skaters. I can certainly see him continueing the be a dominating force in trying the keep active Russian figure skating.
Interestingly, there seems to be a lot of former elite skaters coaching and choreographing today. Although historically, very successful elite skaters tend not to become extremely successful coaches. (Not saying it would never happen). Take for example Irina Rodina, the most successful skater (in terms of medals) of all time; and absolute legend in pairs skating. Her most successful foray into coaching were the 1995 one time World Champions. I'm sure many people would be deleriously pleased to coach a World Champion team, but when you compare her coaching record to her skating record...
who do you think will be the next generation of coaching greats?
Sorry so rambling