日本語的に変なところが多々あります。 みなさまの日本語修正能力におすがりしますm(_ _)m 

The Manleywoman Skate Cast

Episode #79: Brian Orser        by allison on August 26, 2014
エピソード・ナンバー 79: ブライアン・オーサー    アリソンによる  2014年8月26日

On the new judging system:
Yes, I do prefer it. Some of my friends and colleagues don’t agree with me on this, but I think it brings out much better skating, the well-rounded skater. And you can be from anywhere and you can do well.
One of the first ones who started doing really well was Stéphane Lambiel. He was always kind of swept under the carpet with the old system, but with the new system, he could really shine. He’s got everything – he’s one of my favorite skaters. And it was great to see him come through, even when Switzerland wasn’t that well known for champion male skaters.
But from my profession, from teaching, it is hard to understand for the audience, and I get that too. It’s a shame that this year at the ISU Congress they voted down the transparency in the judging system. It was closer, but it still got shot down, and that makes me crazy. There should be somebody accountable for every mark that goes up, and there should be a face behind it.
しかし職業と、教える立場からでも、観客が理解するのは難しいと思う、それは私にもわかる。今年のISUコングレス(全体会議)で彼らは、ジャッジングシステムの透明性を否決した。何たることだ! 接戦だったが、それでも退けられて、腹が立ったよ。誰かが各上がる点を弁明する責任があるべきで、その背後に顔があるべきだ。
These judges have to be under the microscope. The skaters are, the coaches are, and the judges get to hide behind the system. It’s just not fair and I don’t think it’s right. It puts them under the gun, yes, but I think they need to feel the pressure as we all do. They might make some better judgement calls that way. When you’re under pressure, you probably perform better. The judges should, but they just get comfortable and they think they can hide. The whole idea is to protect the judge, but I think that’s just backfiring completely.
The system is being constantly tweaked, and I think instead of giving an invalid element, there should be a percentage of the element that you could get. Because if you just pop the jump, like Javier [Fernandez at the 2014 Olympics], he turned the quad into a triple, and that just snowballed all his problems. And for a month after we did the whole “what if”, and he was thinking, what if he had done the quad at the very end. If he had turned it, then he would have been fine. You look back, and at some point, you just have to move forward. It was unfortunate and we’ll just never make that mistake again.

On becoming a coach:
I really never even thought of it until it happened. I did many interviews where people would ask me if I wanted to coach, and I would say, God, no, why would I want to do that. I wouldn’t want to deal with people like me as a student, because I was a bit of a brat [laughs].
But the next thing you know, I got the phone call from Tracy Wilson, saying what do you think about doing this, just directing the program. I was a little bit stubborn as a student, I was a perfectionist, and now I know how to handle people like that. It’s tough doing what they do, these kids nowadays.
But when Tracy called, I thought, well, if we do it together, it’s only for six months, let’s just help them get back on their feet and then I can figure out what to do with my life. But I got a taste of it, I liked it, and the rest is history.

On how he coaches:
I always started in the spring when I skated. North Americans do that, they get ready, they get programs, and they’re all ready by September. You can train through the spring and the summer, but you don’t need to be competition ready by the end of October. And you have to be ready again and again through a long season. So it’s a matter of peaking at the right time. I’ve tried to embrace that system more and more in my coaching.
We have a great skating coordinator at the Cricket Club, and she’s very helpful, but I field all of the inquiries that come in. A lot of the people I know, or I can check them out on YouTube and make a decision. It’s also based on how much time I have. This year I didn’t take on anyone new because everyone I had was staying in. I don’t want to wear myself thin and I don’t want to disappoint anyone, because I want to be able to give them the time they need.
You have to gauge and you have to read who needs what. We have a very honest policy with our skaters, and that’s communication. I can go out on the ice and see that Yuzuru [Hanyu] is doing fine, he just needs to know that I’m watching. Javi may be struggling with something, so I’ll go over and help him. Or David [Wilson] will swoop in and do some magic. Or Tracy will do some stuff, she’s really great with the psychology, and she can get them jazzed to get back onto the ice and dig in their heels and get into the trenches.
Because that’s what you have to do. You have to go through those ugly awful programs at the start of the season. I say, you’re going to do those programs and they’re going to be nasty, but let’s just get into the trenches and we’ll just dig our way out. So we just have to read them, and there’s no better way of doing this.

On working with Yu-na Kim as his first student:
She came to work with David when I had just started at the Cricket Club. They had asked for some lessons, because she was there for a few weeks, but then she signed up for summer school. And then at the end of the summer, they asked, can you take over and coach her.
I had been working with her all summer and we had kind of a good rapport, and I guess she learned some things and liked it and liked the environment and ended up staying. It was really that simple. I said no when she first asked, because I had one piece of touring left, so I didn’t want to be running around and leaving her coachless.
So when I got through the season a bit more, they came back and said, will you reconsider, and I thought, OK, this is a game changer for me, because now I’m becoming a coach and not just the director of skating, here we go.
So I had a ton of learning to do. I had to learn about the new judging system, and I remember being at the world championships in 2007 and seeing the score for her short program go up, and thinking, is that good? [laughs]. And she was excited, so I just mimicked her. That’s how green I was. I just knew how to get her out there and how to help her skate well. But then I had to learn quickly.
She wasn’t perfect, trust me. She worked for everything that she had to do. And she’s a fierce competitor. But she trains hard every day, and she’s not perfect, there’s lots of falling down. And that’s where I saw her as a human being, too. She’s not just this crazy machine that can be perfect ever time.

On his relationship with Kim now after he was fired as her coach:
It’s pretty well non-existent. The first time I saw her was at the World Championships in London, Ontario, and we kind of passed in the hall and did a little bit of a hug and that was it. And we saw each other a few times during the week and we just kind of smiled and nodded and that was that. It’s still one of the most heartbreaking things for me, and I still don’t understand what happened, or why it happened. I really don’t. I know that they got some wrong information, but I’m still guessing at what happened. I have a few ideas, but that’s just between me and me.
We really did have a great relationship and I thought I would be part of her life forever, and I would have this really positive impact on her life, and I’d be going to her wedding one day, and just be connected forever. The Olympics can do that. And then it was all just pulled away, and that’s exactly what happened.
I don’t think other people wanted to see that happen, but it just got yanked away from me. And the same thing happened with Adam [Rippon], and it was hard for me to trust anybody in this sport. I couldn’t get emotionally involved. I love the skaters that I’m working with now, but I can’t let myself get emotionally involved. I can’t. Perhaps it was ruined by people like Yu-Na and Adam. But it is what it is. I learned a lot, just take it one season at a time. I don’t have contracts with my skaters, just a handshake, and maybe I need to revisit that idea, but I just don’t feel it’s necessary.

On skating and Asia:
I have a book coming out in Japan. It’s based on the book I have now, which is kind of a life history, and then moving forward and working with Yuzuru. It’s a great market, they love their skating and their skaters, they respect the coaches, it’s nice.
It’s the same with Korea, I had a book in Korea too. But at the same time too, in the Asian culture — when I was with Yu-na, there was so much pressure on me to do well. If she didn’t win, it’s the coach’s fault. If she does win, it’s the coach’s fault. That’s why when she won, it was like, whew. They responded with such publicity and such respect for me, and it was really cool. But at the same time, if she hadn’t won, I would have to take all the responsibility for that too. I was prepared, that’s just the way they are and the culture, and that’s fine. But it wasn’t an option for her to not win anyway. So I was pretty confident.




オーサーは、よっぽどキムヨナの結婚式に出たかったんだなー という感じです。


ご覧いただきありがとうございます    <モスクワの鐘>

にほんブログ村 その他スポーツブログ スケート・フィギュアスケートへ