COACHING TIPS

Tom Z's Coaching Tips are a resource center providing tools to help skaters and anyone else interested in maximizing their training and athlete development process. Useful information is provided in such areas as:
• Periodization
• Goal Setting
• Specific jump exercises
• Agility   • Speed
• Coordination and timing drills

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Steadfast in his beliefs to use sports science to educate and train his skaters, Tom Zakrajsek is a passionate and committed award winning figure skating coach who knows how to achieve Olympic results. If you would like to speak one-on-one with Tom, he has limited openings each month to schedule a private call with interested coaches, parents and skaters*. These confidential calls provide in-depth access to tackle your most challenging issues.

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Club Z gives you immediate access to a deeper level of knowledge to find the champion within. Fast forward your training with access to tips for improving technique with your jumps, spins, and transitions. Learn strategies to compete under pressure while gaining more focus and confidence. Tom Zakrajsek's Club Z is packed with resources for gaining excellence in your performance. Become a member of the club.

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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.

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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

John Wooden smiling

"There is a choice to make in everything you do and you must always keep in mind the choice you make...makes you."

—John Wooden

WORD OF THE MONTH

"WIN"

win

verb
1.
be successful or victorious in (a contest or conflict).

synonyms: take, be the victor in, be the winner of, come first in, take first prize in, triumph in, be successful in

2.
acquire or secure as a result of a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavor.

synonyms: secure, gain, garner, collect, pick up, walk away/off with, carry off;
gain (a person's attention, support, or love), typically gradually or by effort.

synonyms: captivate, steal, snare, capture

gain the support or favor of someone by action or persuasion.

manage to succeed or achieve something by effort.

archaic
manage to reach (a place) by effort.

obtain (ore) from a mine.

noun
noun: win; plural noun: wins

1.
a successful result in a contest, conflict, bet, or other endeavor; a victory.

synonyms: victory, triumph, conquest

"You can be excellent at what you do and achieve success but that does not necessarily mean you will win the competition."

SPORTS SCIENCE TIP OF THE MONTH

IMG 2297 from Coach Tom Z on Vimeo.

Developing proper air position in young skaters is very important. Try this common off-ice exercise (air turns) as demonstrated by 2013 Canadian World Team Member Andrei Rogozine and emphasize the proper use of arms. Notice that when he places weight on his right foot the take-off begins. Air turns can be done with single, double and triple rotations. Quadruples anyone? Send me the video if you are successful!