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Notable Quotes from the PSA Conference and Trade Show

27 May

Marina Zoueva (Photo by Liz Leamy)

By Liz Leamy

Marina Zoueva, coach of Olympic ice dance champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White, picked up Coach of the Year and Paul McGrath Choreographer of the Year awards at last weekend’s Professional Skaters Association Conference and Trade Show in Palm Springs, Calif.

Here are some memorable quotes from the event:

Lori Nichol on choreography:

“Use all the different emotions and forces from life and use them with your music.”
“Just like the skills coaches use to teach a jump, break artistic elements down into components.”
“Choreography is not something where you get on the ice and wave a magic wand.”
“How you get in and out of positions is what matters.”

Marina Zoueva:

“Again and again, I would like to thank Meryl and Charlie.”
“All my career I wanted my work to be about more than skating.”
“Every minute and second in a program counts; I [think of this] because I’m doing so many programs and there’s so much for them [skaters] to express and say.”
“I always want skaters to be in a process of feeling things and to be in the moment.”

Scott Brown on step sequences:

“Everything happens in layers.”
“There’s a real balance between requirements and being creative.”
“Footwork shouldn’t just look like turns and steps but have relationship to music.”

David Glynn — coach of U.S. silver medalist and Olympian Polina Edmunds:

“I like how jump repetition was a focus and the idea of getting the skater to keep trying.”
“I think U.S. Figure Skating and the PSA are great and keep making strides every year toward raising the standard.”

Rohene Ward — choreographer for U.S. silver medalist and Olympian Jason Brown:

“It’s my first conference and I’m really enjoying it. The best thing is seeing everybody in a noncompetitive situation come together to work in a collaborative manner and help each other.”

Mauro Bruni — former U.S. men’s competitor and New York-based coach:

“This conference is such a wonderful tool for coaches. It’s amazing to see the best coaches in the sport doing what they do best.”

Todd Sand, developmental coach of the year award winner with wife, Jenni:
“It’s been an incredible journey and we look forward to doing more.”
“We feel honored to influence young people every day.”

Frank Carroll at the jump seminar:

“I like very quiet shoulders, with the force and strength on the skating side, with the free side very controlled.”
“I’m always stressing a fantastic landing position; try to get [the skater] there every time, it makes [the jump] look like a million dollars.”

Coach Ken Congemi on the conference and influence of coaches:

“I think everyone is here because they love learning and there are always so many great things to take away.”
“There’s such a great deal you get from coaches that goes beyond just technique; it’s a pretty big thing.”
“Coaches have such an impact on their students. Not a day goes by where I don’t think of some of the things my coaches taught me. Their words become part of you.”

U.S. Olympic Committee Director of Education Chris Snyder:

“Coaches hold the power of authority and you can dial it up or dial it down.”
“The USOC wants to recognize the education the PSA does [with its coaches].”
“The PSA was the first one [of the governing bodies] that we passed with flying colors [for its educational program] and the USOC will use the PSA as a role model for educating coaches in other sports.”

PSA Executive Director Jimmie Santee:

“We try to provide the best education we can give coaches to help make the skating community better and stronger.”
“This has been a great environment for everyone and they seem very invigorated. At the same time, relationships are being formed and strengthened.”
“The acknowledgment from the USOC that our programs will be used for other (USOC) sports is a big feather in our cap. It says a lot about what we are and where we’re at.”

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