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!