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The Presidential Inauguration Reminded Me of Changing Figure Skating Coaches!



As I watched former President Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, and other former presidents and their wives and families politely sit together when President Trump was inaugurated, I couldn’t help but think about the similarities of figure skating and politics!  I know my “crazy thoughts” might get my readers wondering what in the world JO ANN is talking about, but think about this:

When figure skaters make a coaching change, there usually is quite a bit of drama that goes on behind the scenes, but sometimes, those affiliated with a certain figure skating coach publicly take sides.  It’s just like the Democrats and Republicans!  And…then there are those who don’t like either coach or don’t take sides…they are like the Independents!

As I’ve looked at the recent posts on social media regarding a certain high profile figure skating coach whose students have medaled at the recent 2017 US Championships,  I’ve noticed that his “team” is boasting about the success at this “Nationals” and their posts make it clear that that coach’s group of students must have affiliated with the right and only figure skating coach, and that others who skate should have trained with that particular coach.

Changing figure skating coaches does remind me a bit of this recent change in power in the USA.  Sometimes a coach can be “all talk” and make promises to create champions, but in time, either he or she proves his or her promises can or cannot be made; the skater may realize he or she made a mistake in choosing that particular coach and that another coaching change must occur.   Even though it is common to stay with an ice skating coach until the end of a competitive season, the difference is that an act of congress is not required to make a coaching change and a skater is not stuck with the unwanted coach for another four years to eight years!

Happy Skating!

JO ANN Schneider Farris

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Jo Ann Schneider-Farris Jo Ann Schneider Farris has participated in figure skating for most of her life as a competitor, coach, and author. Jo Ann was the Figure Skating Expert for About.com for 10 years. Jo Ann began skating as a young child. She won a silver medal in the junior dance event at the United States National Figure Skating Championships and is a US Figure Skating Double Gold Medalist. She coached figure skating and has trained skaters of all ages and levels. In addition, Jo Ann taught hockey players to skate and gave instruction in power skating. She is the author of two skating books: How to Jump and Spin on In-Line Skates, the only book of its kind on inline figure skating, and a personal memoir, My Skating Life: Fifty Plus Years of Skating. Jo Ann also has contributed articles that have been included on the US Figure Skating website and the icenetwork.com website, in SKATING Magazine, Ice Skating Institute's magazine, the Professional Skaters Association magazine, and she also wrote about ice skating for Examiner.com. She is a member of the Professional Skaters Association, The Broadmoor Skating Club, and U.S. Figure Skating. Jo Ann is a graduate of the famous Hollywood Professional School, a school that once was in southern California where many serious figure skaters attended, including Peggy Fleming. She is also a graduate of Colorado College and holds a teaching credential from California State University Long Beach. As a figure skating competitor, she trained under World Ice Dance Champion and Olympic Coach Doreen Denny and also Darlene Gilbert, who has trained international and national teams. From JO ANN Schneider Farris: Hi and Happy Skating! Yes, Happy Skating is my motto. I hope to share my love of the sport and my knowledge of it with you and my goal is to link skaters from all over the world on this site. Happy Skating! Please join me on Facebook, follow me on Twitter, or follow me on Google+ and Pinterest. Email me at joannfarris@yahoo.com


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