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    Coaching Changes - Not

    Since coaching changes are all the rage on this forum, thought I'd start a thread on skaters who have NOT had coaching changes....

    Irina Slutskya comes immediately to mind. She's been with her coach since age of 5.

    Brian Boitano was with Linda Leaver for his entire career.

    Any others you'all can think of?

    Linny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linny
    Since coaching changes are all the rage on this forum, thought I'd start a thread on skaters who have NOT had coaching changes....

    Irina Slutskya comes immediately to mind. She's been with her coach since age of 5.

    Brian Boitano was with Linda Leaver for his entire career.

    Any others you'all can think of?

    Linny
    Although Weir has worked with Tarasova over the summer, I think that Hill has been his coach since he started at 12. It's rare, though, for skaters to have had the same coach forever; even under the Soviet system, like in ballet and music training across the world, skaters started with local coaches when they were very young, and switched to elite training when they had gone as far as they could with that coach/teacher, like Sebestyen, who moved to Budapest from her home town. Many skaters have stayed with one elite coach through their entire career. Didn't Fleming after Fassi accepted her as a student? Galindo only switched to his sister after his coach died, and IIRC, he had one coach until then.

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    I think Sandhu has been with his coach for a long time too.

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    Todd has been coached by Richard Callaghan for some 20 + years.

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    Plushenko has been with Mishin ever since he came to Saint Petersburg at the age of, I believe 11. It's similar for Urmanov.

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    Kristi Yamaguchi was coached by Christy Ness throughout her eligible career as a singles skater (from age six through age 20), and they still work together occasionally. That's a long-term relationship!

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    I'm not impressed. I think skaters can change coaches whenever they choose to. I'm not even concerned if they want to go it alone. Whatever they do, they should realize whether it was a good or bad choice. That's the main thing and, did they get something out of it anyway?

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    Last edited by Joesitz; 12-29-2004 at 08:09 PM.

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    Ryan Jahnke. He's stayed with Diana Ronayne since he first started skating.

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    Sarah Hughes and Robin Wagner... until her year off anyway

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    Midori Ito was always coached by Machiko Yamada.

    M&D, B&P, K&D were always coached by Tamara Moskvina, and so were B&S as a pair (Anton was coached by the Velikovs when he skated with Maria).

    Usova-Zhulin were always coached by Dubova.

    Are we seeing more coaching changes now than we did 10-12 years ago?

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    Skater and coach relationship in a way is similar to a marriage relationship. Some of them can last life long, while others breaks up shortly.

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    changing coaches

    In my sport (dressage), people often change coaches. In my case, it's because I started out learning from an eventor (the sport that combines dressage and jumping and then later switched to focus on dressage... so I needed a coach who is a dressage specialist. For others, it is due to many variables - they get a new horse who needs a different approach, they move, the coach moves, etc.

    The other point to note is that there were comments as to why a Russian ISU official would visit Michelle Kwan to help her with the CoPs... well, in dressage the best riders in the world are - hands down - from Germany. And it is very, very common for big name German instructors to tour the USA and other countries, sharing their expertise. It's all for the advancement of the sport (and, of course, they also make a nice living this way).

    So I find it very interesting that coaching changes make such waves in the skating world, and that the commentators always seem to point them out (or point out that a skater has never made a coaching change).

    Brian Joubert's regular French coach has been with him since the beginning, I think. The extra help Brian's been getting on the side hasn't proven to be such a great course of action. A coaching change could be good or it might not necessarily be so.

    Linny

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vash01
    Anton was coached by the Velikovs when he skated with Maria
    ... and Elena was coached by Natalia Pavlova.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linny
    Brian Joubert's regular French coach has been with him since the beginning, I think. The extra help Brian's been getting on the side hasn't proven to be such a great course of action. A coaching change could be good or it might not necessarily be so.
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    Didn't Brian change coaches in the 03-04 season? He used to coach with Veronique Guyon and then change for Laurent Depouilly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linny
    Since coaching changes are all the rage on this forum, thought I'd start a thread on skaters who have NOT had coaching changes....

    Irina Slutskya comes immediately to mind. She's been with her coach since age of 5.

    Brian Boitano was with Linda Leaver for his entire career.

    Any others you'all can think of?

    Linny
    Kurt Browning stuck with his coach, Michael Juranick (sp?), for his eleven years of competitive life. Karen Magnussen stayed with Linda Brauchman through her competitive years. I think Toller stuck with Mrs. Burka (Petra Burkas mother) when he competed.

    All I can think of now.

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