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Ottavio Cinquanta

by: Kent McDill

In June of 2014, Ottavio Cinquanta “moved the goalposts.”

That’s what Sally Stapleford called it when Cinquanta, who was supposed to step down as President of the International Skating Union because he was past the eligible age of 75 to be re-elected, postponed elections for ISU positions so that he would not be required to step down from his post.

Once elections were moved back to 2018, Cinquanta said he intended to step down in 2016, when an interim president would be named before the next set of elections in 2018 to coincide with the next Olympic period.

Figure Skating Survival Guide

Figure Skating Coaches
Survival Guide

by: Terri Milner Tarquini

It looked like for a little while there, back in late 2007 and early
2008 when the economic recession was just beginning, like
figure skating might dodge the hard times bullet.

Somewhat insulated by being a sport whose athletes often come from well-off families, it still wasn’t too long before skating started feeling the pinch. Soon dips were seen in skating programs at the grassroots level and the effect was felt by the coaches who make their living on the ice.


Professional Skaters Foundation


Scholarship applications are available to PSA members for attendance at PSA education programs. These scholarships are intended for the development of coaching skills. Awards are based on financial need, dedication to coaching, sound character and ethical practices.

Qualification Requirements: Applicant must have been a full member in good standing of the PSA for at least one year and hold a Registered or higher rating in any discipline. The award of scholarships is made by the Scholarship Committee of the Professional Skaters Foundation.

Application Deadline: January 1, 2015. Four scholarships will be awarded for the 2015 season and must be used for 2015 programs only.

Contact the PSA office for additional information or an application.


The Secret Sauce for Competition Confidence Has Many Ingredients

Coaches and Skaters Who Have Mastered the Art ©2014

by: Merry Neitlich, Director of the Coach’s Edge

This four-part article was based on interviews with seven elite figure skating coaches Kori Ade, Marina Zoueva, Tom Zakrajsek, Phillip Mills, Jim Peterson, Audrey Weisiger, and Yuka Sato; an
elite competitor and Olympian, Paul Wylie; and two prominent and highly successful sports psychologists Dave Diggle and David Benzel. In our first of four installments we will look at the background that prompted such an extensive article to be written and hear the stories from Kori Ade and Marina Zoueva.

An interview with Brian Orser, Episode # 79

An interview with Brian Orser. This Canadian phenomenon was the Men’s Canadian Champion from 1981 to 1988, was the 1987 World Champion, and the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Silver Medalist. He performed brilliantly in two Olympics in a row, which is especially impressive. He was also the first person to land three triple axels in one competition. Orser is now a coach of top skaters (including Yuna Kim, Yuzuru Hanyu, and Javier Fernandez to name a few), and the creator of the recent Peak Performance Skating App. Orser talks about his trading of quads with Jozef Sabovcik, his philosophy as a coach, and why those one-piece outfits from the 1980s were a bad idea.

1 hour, 6 minutes, 23 seconds

Josselyn Baumgartner
Area 16 Representative

Area 16 Representative Josselyn Baumgartner started skating at age 5 and competed for the first time just six months later. She joked that, in hindsight, that rapid turn of events seemed a bit “disturbing.

Melanie Bolhuis
Area 8 Representative

Many coaches encourage their skaters to attend elite training programs away from home during the summer, knowing they will come back with new motivation to reach their goals.

From the ISU Technical Panel Handbook for Single Skating – Version 2014/2015

Difficult Entrance - “Entrance into a spin” is defined as the preparation immediately preceding a spin and may include the beginning phase of a spin. The entrance must have a significant impact on the balance, control and execution of the spin. The intended spin position must be reached without hesitation or delay and must be held for 2 revolutions. This position can be basic or (for spin combinations only) non-basic.

*A regular backward entry is no longer considered as a difficult entry.

Jamie Lynn Santee,
Rochester, MN

A couple of weeks ago I got into an interesting conversation with one of my students. I began teaching him when he was in Basic 6 at about age 8, I now have to look up to talk to this almost 13 year old boy.

Me: 'Do you remember when I first started teaching you?' Him: 'Yes, did you know that the only reason I picked you to be my coach was because you were dressed like a cow?' I love this guy! And to was Halloween & some of the Learn to Skate coaches dressed up. You NEVER know what impression you are setting on these kids; just sayin' I had no idea until that day he told me!

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Irina Rodnina & Alexander Zaitsev - 1978 Europeans LP

Irina Rodnina and Alexander Zaitsev are arguably the greatest pair team in history. Together they won two Olympic Gold medals, 6 World Championships, and seven European titles.

Irina herself won 10 world championships and three consecutive Olympic Gold medals.



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