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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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ICENETWORK: Change of scenery puts Nagasu on solid ground

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.

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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Coach Tom Z Shares Goal Setting Process at Red Robin's Yummm U.

This past Friday, April 24, 2015, I added corporate motivational speaker to my resume. Working with Stuart Brown, Chief Financial Officer for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, I helped many Red Robin associates with personal and professional goal setting at Yummm U., Red Robin's Department of Innovative Learning in Englewood, Colorado.

The name of my presentation is titled, "Daily Goal and Long-term Planning: Success in Sport, Business and Life. Throughout the presentation, I incorporate many different resources including my own personal goal setting worksheets, techniques and experiences along with references to legendary Coach John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" and the Harvard Business Review article, "The Making of a Corporate Athlete," by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz.

Associates were given a small amount of pre-course reading, YouTube video viewing and written goal sheet assignments. Be sure and check out some of the video clips from the engaging and fun afternoon, too! If you would like me to work with your corporate associates, contact me on Facebook or at

Make sure to remember to have fun as you work hard toward your personal and professional goals in life!

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Coach Tom Z Interview with Michael Buckley!

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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"Things turn out best for the people who make the best of the way things turn out."

—John Wooden



Proprioception (/ˌproʊpri.ɵˈsɛpʃən/ pro-pree-o-sep-shən), from Latin proprius, meaning "one's own", "individual," and perception, is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort being employed in movement.[1]

In humans, it is provided by proprioceptors in skeletal striated muscles and in joints. It is distinguished from exteroception, by which one perceives the outside world, and interoception, by which one perceives pain, hunger, etc., and the movement of internal organs. The brain integrates information from proprioception and from the vestibular system into its overall sense of body position, movement, and acceleration.

The word kinesthesia or kinæsthesia (kinesthetic sense) has been used inconsistently to refer either to proprioception alone or to the brain's integration of proprioceptive and vestibular inputs.


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Developing proprioception is very important. Try this common on-ice exercise (walk through) as demonstrated by Team USA Member Luke West with your eyes closed. It definitely helps to heighten skaters' awareness of their bodies.