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Communicating in the 21st Century

Not too long ago, the only true advertising for a coach was to tack up fliers at the ice rink or hope for positive word-of-mouth from rink moms.

The times- they have changed.

Now, with 1.73 billion people on social media last year and two billion people using the Internet regularly, the World Wide Web is, without a doubt, the place to be.


British Ice Teachers Association

By Kent McDill

Before there was the United States of America, there was England.

Before there was the Professional Skaters Association, there was the British Ice Teachers Association (BITA). And before there was the British Ice Teachers Association (BITA had numerous names before it settled on its current one), there was the 1908 Winter Olympics in London, where ice skating debuted as an Olympic sport.


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 second installment we look at the secret ingredients for competition success from Tom Zakrajsek, Phillip Mills, and Jim Peterson.



Episode #81: Tamara Moskvina

October 2014

An interview with Tamara Moskvina, one of the most legendary coaches of all time in figure skating. She was a 5-time Soviet Champion in Singles, and 2-time Soviet Champion in Pairs with different partners: Alexander Gavrilov and Alexei Mishin. With Mishin she was the World Silver medalist and competed in the 1968 Olympics.

Since becoming a coach, she’s been a driving force behind the dominance of Russian Pair teams over the past several decades, having coached some of the best teams in skating: Valova & Vassiliev, Mishkutenok & Dmitriev, Kazakova & Dmitriev, Berezhnaya & Sikharulidze, and Kawaguchi & Smirnov.

Moskvina talked about how she invented the Beillmann Spin, the 2002 Olympics pairs scandal, and how she broke her tooth on Mishin’s knee.

53 minutes, 37 seconds.


Amy Hanson-Kuleszka
Area 1 Representative

Nothing inspires a coach to strive for excellence like being surrounded by great coaches. Amy Hanson-Kuleszka can attest to this, as she credits two formative weeks in the summer of 1997 as shaping the future of her career. Those two weeks at Ice Castle International Training Center in Lake Arrowhead, Calif., allowed her the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s most accomplished coaches.


Kevin Curtis

Area 6 Representative

Ask any coach how they feel when a student accomplishes a milestone, and the coach will say the thrill is like they reached the goal themselves. It’s not that the coach is living vicariously through a student, but the empathy and relationships built through long hours of practice, struggle, failure, and success affect the coach as much as the skater.


Applications Available for the Walter and Irene Muehlbronner Scholarship Award

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.




To Stephen and Chelsea Chasman of Littleton, CO on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Eliana Eden Chasman. Eliana was born on September 30, 2014 at 5:43 am weighing in at 7 lbs. 4 oz. and measuring 20 inches in length.



Technical Notification 164

Dated: November 6, 2014

Re: Rotating Circle - Weaving for Teams with Odd Numbers of Skaters

In ISU Communication #1873, the difficulty levels for several elements are tied directly to the number of skaters executing the element. The ISU has crafted the difficulty levels based on the ISU requirement that all teams competing at ISU events must have exactly 16 skaters on the ice. As teams competing within the United States at the intermediate, novice, junior, collegiate and adult levels are permitted to have as few as 12 skaters; and teams competing at the intermediate, novice, collegiate and adult levels are permitted to have as many as 20 skaters on the ice, the following notification is given to teams with odd numbers of skaters:

Rotating Circle

Teams with an odd number of skaters should not attempt Weaving as part of achieving C4. It is not possible to have every skater change place at the same time while weaving with an odd number of skaters. If Weaving is attempted with an odd number of skaters, the Weaving feature will not be awarded.


Natalie Ruppe Wilson, Zimmerman, Minnesota

In getting ready for a competition, my 8yr old skater skated her program and it didn't go so well. I asked her what she thought. She gave me a thumbs down, pretended to answer a phone, and said "Hello?" Then she turned to me and said, "That was last place calling."

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1976 Olympics Ladies Compulsory Figures

An ABC clip with Dick Button for the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria featuring the finer points of compulsory Figures. Dorothy Hamill, Carlo Fassi, Dianne de Leeuw

Conference 2015


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