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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Zhou Continues to Train in Colorado Springs

US SILVER MEDALIST PRACTICING QUADRUPLES UNDER TUTELAGE OF ZAKRAJSEK
Vincent Zhou is back on track. The 2017 World Junior Champ moved to Colorado Springs in mid December to train with Tom Zakrajsek and Drew Meekins.
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Skate Great Aerial Figure Skating Challenge

2017 AERIAL FIGURE SKATING ON FACEBOOK

Team Event Added During Third Year for Jump Competition:
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FACEBOOK STREAM

NHK Trophy is over and watching Mirai Nagasu on NHK Ice Talk while sitting in the lounge at Narita airport reminded me of how far she has grown as a skater and person since I first met her in 2008 when she was competing with Rachael Flatt. These last four seasons have been a remarkable journey for her and I am humbled and grateful she selected me to guide her.

She has made great strides in so many ways this season and though I cannot predict the future I do know she is in a very grounded place in her life with a great team supporting her so that she can reach her goals. I know I speak for everyone on Team Mirai including her fans when I say that we are all behind her 100% of the way.

This includes her rescue dogs which she drew a picture of and spoke about during her NHK interview. Even though she is speaking Japanese in the clip I know you will enjoy it and understand the sentiment.
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Relaxing in the @united_airlines_offical lounge in Tokyo on the way home from #nhktrophy2017 and look who is on NHK Ice Talk @mirainagasu talking about you know what. #tripleaxel @usfigureskating @icenetwork @theskatinglesson @rockerskating @isufigureskating ... See MoreSee Less

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2017 Golden Skate interview with Tom Zakrajsek

Ted Flett interviews Coach Tom Zakrajsek in Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 2017


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.

LISTEN AT MANLEYWOMAN.COM


QUOTE OF THE MONTH

John Wooden smiling

"Be at your best when your best is needed. Your best is required each day."

—John Wooden

WORD OF THE MONTH

"OLYMPIC"

O·lym·pic
əˈlimpik,ōˈlimpik/

adjective

relating to the ancient city of Olympia or the Olympic Games.
"an Olympic champion"

"The motto of the Olympic Games is Citius, Altius, Fortius and translates to Faster, Higher, Stronger."

SPORTS SCIENCE TIP OF THE MONTH

Developing tight feet immediately after any jump take-off is very important. Try this on-ice exercise as demonstrated by Coach Tom Z at the 2017 PSA Conference in Nashville. This works well for all jump take-offs but especially the loop and lutz. Do you know why?