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Who is your favorite coach?

Who is your favorite coach

  • Frank Caroll

    Votes: 18 15.7%
  • Igor Shpilband and Marina Zoueva

    Votes: 14 12.2%
  • Rafael Arutunian

    Votes: 6 5.2%
  • Tatiana Tarasova

    Votes: 17 14.8%
  • Nikolai Morozov

    Votes: 4 3.5%
  • John Nicks

    Votes: 7 6.1%
  • Alexei Mishin

    Votes: 18 15.7%
  • Don Laws

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • Yao Bin

    Votes: 9 7.8%
  • Someone else

    Votes: 21 18.3%

  • Total voters


Aug 8, 2009
Frank Carol always comes to mind when talking about great coaches. Of course, Alexi Mishin and Tarasova are great too.


On the Ice
Feb 3, 2011
Right now I would have to vote for the Canton duo. Their teams dominate ice dance, and V/M & D/W are two of the best teams I have ever seen. Obviously Igor and Marina are doing something right.


Final Flight
Oct 16, 2009
I, too, vote for the Canton duo. They single handedly built the "golden age" of the North American ice dance. Their contribution in that sense is similar to what Yao Bin has done to the Chinese pair skating. Unlike Yao, though, the talent pool of top notch ice dancers in N. America is deep. This has a lot to do with their style of teaching - fostering collegeal, rather than competitive, attitude among dancers.

I kept thinking how serene and relaxed were Marina and Igor's facial expressions during the 2011 worlds, in contrast to Zhulin's tense and unyielding facial expressions. One may say that it would be easy to be relaxed when their pupils have done so well. I would rather think it is the otherway around.

Z/S's students have done well over time presicely becuase Z/S brought supportive and accepting attitudes. :)


On the Ice
Apr 30, 2005
John Nicks. He was more successful as a pairs coach, but had a lot of phenoms with the single ladies- like Sasha & NNN. It was too bad consistency was not their forte, but I loved their style and John's attention to detail was one of the compounding forces behind their artistry.


Final Flight
Feb 21, 2010
Tamara Moskvina is great. I love the fact that she puts so much humanity (don't know how to write it better) in her work as coach. She seems to demand her male students to be polite and to treat the girls well and I really appreciate that. Just look at Artur Dmitriev, Sikharulidze and Smirnov. Apparently she wants her students not only to be good atheletes but also nice persons. For me thats a very important thing in sport. Moskvina also helped Berezhnaya off the ice when she was going through bad times.


On the Ice
Jun 18, 2011
Carlo Fassi was one of the best, if not the best figure skating coach of all time. Not only did he coach Peggy Fleming, Dorothy Hamill, and Robin Cousins to their Olympic gold medals, but he also coached many other elite figure skaters such as Jill Trenary. Fassi was a master school figures instructor, and since figures were a major part of competitions until 1991, his coaching was very instrumental in guiding the above skaters to their medals. Just my two cents, of course.