Champion Skater (Vicariously)
Agreed! But they weren't holding her mink at knifepoint.
I feel the same way about the pressure put on Lu Chen in the 1998 olympics by the chinese camp. As she finished her LP she looked so relieved as though she had just earned freedom and unlimeted meals for her family at home, as if they would have been executed if she was to perform poorly.
ITA what you said.
Originally posted by SusanBeth
I think she is the best coach for developing artistry in skaters. She wins that hands down. However, give her a student with technical flaws and you will get a very artistic skater with technical flaws.
I am questioning the ethics of all of these last minute switches. It seems wrong to me that a coach could part with a student 2 weeks before nationals and go to her competitor a few weeks before worlds and get credited for the win. Are there any kind of standards for professional ethics among skating coaches? (Stop laughing! I know, skating and ethics in the same sentence????? ) It seems a horrible conflict of interests. Callahan, in particular, has every right to be really po'd. She could have waited till the season was over.
Well didn't the Japanese federation fire Richard Callaghan because he didn't accompany his skater to Japanese Nationals? If he felt the need to be with that loser Jenny Kirk rather than accompany Shizuka to her Japanese nationals, then it served him right that she switched coaches and TT gets all the glory. Plus TT did a fabulous job with Shizuka, Richard couldn't have gotten that artistic performance out of Shizuka.
Keeper of Michelle's Nose
News to me. Last I heard, the Japanese Federation were begging RC to take Yoshie.
BTW, aren't Japanese Nats and US Nats like 2 months apart?
Answered it myself. Japan Nats were Dec 25-27. US Nats Jan 3-11.
Last edited by berthes ghost; 04-06-2004 at 05:25 PM.