Area 3 Representative
Currently coaching at North Jersey Figure Skating Club
Coaching since 1979
This In The Loop interview for Area 3 Representative Lee Cabell traveled many miles before it reached your inbox – real miles, not just cyber-miles. Cabell is on sabbatical in Europe, recharging his batteries through meditation.
This kind of trip is nothing new to Cabell, who has practiced meditation for years as a way to improve his ability to communicate with his skaters.
“I went to study meditation so I could be in the present moment for my students, and to practice better communication with all five senses,” he said.
Cabell said his skaters have pushed him to go beyond his comfort zone in the way he thinks, including inspiring him to further his education with a return to a university setting – this time as a student, himself. (Cabell is usually on the other side of the rostrum, as a professor of biomechanics and statistics at Seton Hall University in New Jersey.)
Many of the lessons he has learned from his students are as much about his own self-discovery as it is about the skaters.
“Learning and enjoying skating well motivate me to motivate them,” he said. “I learned that what’s important is to simply ‘always do my best,’ and that winning or losing is secondary to me.”
Cabell said that keeping everything in proper perspective helps him avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret. This perspective also allows him to understand how his coaching affects his students. He strives to be concise and direct, while fulfilling his skaters’ needs.
“I try to be impeccable with my words,” Cabell said. “Fewer are better, and I say only what I mean. I think before I speak.”
Cabell’s personal journeys of discovery have taken him around the world, from the Jersey Shore to mountain-top monasteries. His journeys bring him back refreshed and ready to get on with the business of learning – for himself, his skaters, and the students at Seton Hall.
“I continue to grow as a person by learning not to take anything personally,” he said. “What skaters and students say and do is only a projection of their own reality. Now, I listen without emotion and give them back what needs to be given.”
Area 7 Representative
Skating Director for Polar Ice House in Wake Forest, Cary, and Garner, NC
Ratings/Rankings: MFS, Hockey 1 & 2
No matter how many coaches a skater works with throughout their career, there are always some who stand out in the skater’s memory, and whom they credit with helping develop their love of skating. Scott Cudmore said he especially thanks Doris Bodmer, Barbara Roles-Williams, and Christy Krall.
Cudmore started skating at a seasonal rink in Glen Ellyn, Ill., skating in the winter and swimming in the summer. One year, he moved to a larger rink where a red-headed Swiss-German coach, Doris Bodmer, would change the course of his skating.
“’Mrs. B’ not only taught me skating skills, but taught me how to be passionate for this amazing sport,” Cudmore said.
After working with Bodmer for several years, she sent him to the Broadmoor World Arena to train, but Cudmore always looked forward to opportunities to go home to see her.
“She played an important role in my entire skating career,” he said.
Cudmore moved to California to train in summer 1980, where he began working with Roles-Williams. He credits her with helping him to achieve three new triple jumps in just a matter of weeks. She moved to the Broadmoor at the end of that summer, and Cudmore was able to continue training with her. But her importance in his life was founded on something much deeper than skating.
“That winter between regionals and sectionals, my brother Donald was killed in a car accident,” Cudmore said. “It wrecked my world because he was like my mother hen. Everyone at the Broadmoor understood the pain I was in, but only Barbara stood by me, took care of me, and worked with me to get through the tragedy of losing my brother. I will forever be eternally grateful for everything she did for me.”
During his last two years of competitive skating, Cudmore trained with Christy Krall on figures and training techniques. She taught him to use periodization and video training, and he said she was “undoubtedly the most amazing figure coach.” To this day, he uses the skills he learned from Krall with his own students.
“I admire and respect all the coaches that I had the honor to learn from, but these three women hold a special place in my heart and my memories,” he said.