ISU Rule Changes: Working through what you Can’t Control

ISU Rule Changes: Working through what you Can’t Control

With the recent change in rules for scoring spins, I have heard many of my skaters complain.  “I will never be able to get a level 4 spin now”, “the rules make it impossible”, “this is not fair!” These are just a few of the complaints I have heard. I understand...
Define a Mentally strong Performance

Define a Mentally strong Performance

What I consider to be a mentally strong performance may surprise you. It is not a clean skate every time! In fact, there may be several mistakes. It is how you respond once a mistake is made that is how you define a mentally strong performance.   An Olympic...
Planning for an Epic change of Plans

Planning for an Epic change of Plans

It was difficult to watch Roman Sadovsky struggle in the team event. Kurt Browning said, “his mind was going way faster than the music or the skate”. Being asked to fill the shoes of the veteran Keegan Messing, last minute, was an experience I am sure he would not...
A New Year but An Unfamiliar You

A New Year but An Unfamiliar You

Happy New Year! It is that time again. Everyone is in a mad frenzy setting goals, creating New Year’s resolutions, and attempting to eliminate old bad habits. I have been there, I have done that and, in the past, I have encouraged my athletes to do the same. This year...
Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

Are there Emotional Consequences to “Playing the Game”?

It is becoming evident that the scoring system is rewarding quality of jumps over quantity. Skaters are being rewarded for performing less challenging elements at a higher quality than for trying more challenging elements with the risk of mistakes. I am sure this...