I've read some disturbing reports about the apparent cooling of the relationship between Sasha Cohen and her coach, Robin Wagner. Cohen went to Connecticut this summer, without Wagner, to train with other coaches, and she seems to be mentioning Wagner less and less in her journal entries. Perhaps there's absolutely nothing to all of this, and I sincerely hope that's the case.
I thought the pairing of Cohen and Wagner was a stroke of genius. Wagner appears to be such a positive, intelligent person and such a good motivator, and she and Cohen seemed to have clicked almost immediately.
Perhaps, however, Cohen is blaming her coach for her second-place finishes at the Grand Prix, US Nationals, and Worlds last year - all of which she would have won, had she skated clean long programs.
Perhaps Cohen thought that Wagner would instantly and magically transform her from a perpetual wanabee into a champion, ala Sarah Hughes. Cohen should remember that Hughes and Wagner worked together for many years, first as a choregrapher, and later as a coach. "Overnight success" is a rare thing in figure skating, IMHO.
Does anyone have an update on this situation?