ICENETWORK: Change of scenery puts Nagasu on solid ground
2010 OLYMPIAN PRACTICING TRIPLE AXEL UNDER TUTELAGE OF ZAKRAJSEK
Only in the rarified air of a few elite sports — or a modeling agency -- would a 21-year-old woman refer to herself in terms befitting a grizzled veteran without a hint of irony. But figure skating is one of those sports, and a still-young Mirai Nagasu has been there, seen that, read the hype. There's a lot she could say -- about coaching changes, or the clean programs at the 2014 U.S. Figure Skating Championships that didn't qualify her for the Sochi Olympics — but she just wants to look forward.
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Interview With Tim Koleto
It doesn't get any more different than going from being a singles skater in the U.S. to taking up ice dance and representing a country halfway across the world - South Korea. With his partner Yura Min, Tim Koleto has done just that. Originally from Colorado Springs, Koleto competed on the junior level at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships before teaming up with Min in April 2013. Tim was gracious enough to take the time to talk about everything from the programs that he and Yura are skating this season to working with a who's who of skating's greatest coaches and choreographers and much more in this fantastic interview you're bound to enjoy:
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The Manley Woman Skate Cast: Episode #78: Tom Zakrajsek
July 2014 - An interview with Tom Zakrajsek. Tom competed in Men’s Singles and Pairs, then became a judge. But he’s made the biggest impact as a coach.
the organization of the different elements of a complex body or activity so as to enable them to work together effectively.
"both countries agreed to intensify efforts at economic policy coordination"
cooperative effort resulting in an effective relationship.
"action groups work in coordination with local groups to end rain forest destruction"
the ability to use different parts of the body together smoothly and efficiently.
"changing from one foot position to another requires coordination and balance"
"Just as athletes need to develop physical coordination with their bodies, the coach needs to coordinate the efforts of each athlete's high performance team."
Developing coordination in young skaters is very important. Try this variation on the "rub your belly/pat your head" exercise. Can you name the seven things Alexza Zaragoza is doing at the same time? Mute the volume first before you view the video. Then listen as I describe all seven.