The Uneven Path To Glory
Such is the case with the promising American, Brian Boitano, who made his first appearance in the World Championships in 1983, and with the 1983 women's World champion, Rosalynn Sumner. Boitano is taught by Linda Leaver, whom he describes as my best friend, and Sumners is coached by Lorraine Borman. Borman said she was astonished at how her job changed once Sumners became US champion in 1982. Overnight her responsibilities blossomed to include protecting her charge from all the excessive intrusions of the media, and she had the unenviable task of deciding which of the flood of invitations Sumners should accept and which exhibitions to turn down. Brian Orser, the Canadian champion, remained with his first trainer, Doug Leigh, in spite of pressure from his national association, once he began to show promise, to leave his home town of Orillia and train in Toronto with one of Canadas leading teachers. The relationship between student and teacher must develop and mature as the skater ages, and Orser said he and Leigh weathered some stormy sessions while he went through a trying adolescence.
Charles Wildridge, the 1983 British primary champion, executes a Russian split jump. His parents have had to arrange expensive private tutoring to make sure his training does not interfere with his education
Previously unknown internationally, the success of their pupils has brought these coaches world wide fame so that the parents of potential champions now seek them out and, if they wish, their fortunes can be made. Most skaters change coaches regularly, taking instruction from more and more famous, and more and more expensive, teachers as their careers bloom. Others flit like butterflies from coach to coach as their parents become dissatisfied with the progress their child is making. If a child demonstrates sufficient talent, a top-level coach may offer to teach him or her on a delayed-payment basis. The bill will become due after the skater signs a substantial contract with an ice show. Dorothy Hamill became a pupil of the Italian-American coach, Carlo Fassi, in 1971. At that time he was teaching Julie Holmes, who was second in the 1971 World Championship and came fourth in the following Olympic Games. When Holmes decided not to enter the 1972 World Championship, Hamill, who was the US team reserve, went in her place. There is always a clear-out of competitors after the World Championship following the Olympics, but Hamill was able to get ahead of the queue of newcomers by establishing her reputation in this event. Her career made steady progress until she won the 1976 Olympic gold medal.
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