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キム・ヨナの新コーチ発表に関する英語記事

それぞれの記事から印象に残ったところ抜粋。
最初の記事「オペガードがキムの新コーチになった3つの理由」は興味深かったので全文掲載です。



▼Universal Sports

Three reasons why Oppegard is Kim's next coach
South Korean figure skater Kim Yu-Na announced Tuesday that her new coach is Peter Oppegard. So why did an Olympic champion chose a primarily pairs coach who has yet to coach a star singles skater? Here are our reasons...
By Alexa Ainsworth
http://www.universalsports.com/blogs/blog=gofigure/postid=495097
.html



Olympic champion Kim Yu-Na announced Tuesday that her new coach is Peter Oppegard. For skating insiders, the name is recognizable as an accomplished pairs coach who was the 1988 Olympic pairsbronze medalist with Jill Watson and a U.S. pairs champion. For others, the name rings a bell as the husband of Michelle Kwan's sister, Karen Kwan-Oppegard. So why did an Olympic champion choose a primarily pairs coach who has yet to coach a star singles skater? Here's what we think.

1. Kwan connection - Here is a very basic timeline of the ever-growing Kim-Kwan bond:
1998 Kim is inspired by Kwan's performances at the Nagano Olympics and Kwan becomes her role model
Around 2000 Kim meets Kwan in the bathroom while training in Lake Arrowhead, is in awe.
March 2009 Kwan on hand to watch Kim win her first world title at the Staples Center in Los Angeles
August 2009 Kwan returns to the ice after three years away to perform in Kim's ice shows in South Korea
July 2010 Kwan performs duet with Kim in her shows in Korea
August 2010 Kim leaves coach Brian Orser
September 2010 Kim announces she will train at Kwan-owned rink in Artesia, California
October 2010 Kim and Kwan perform together in All That Skate LA and two days later, Kim announces her new coach is Kwan's brother-in-law, Peter Oppegard


Looks like it this been a long time coming, no? Especially with the growing connection in recent years...

2. No ‘big name' students - Oppegard's most successful students to date were U.S. pairs champions Rena Inoue and John Baldwin and on the singles side, U.S. bronze medalist Angela Nikodinov. More recently Oppegard coached Leah Keiser to the 2010 Novice national title (two levels below senior), but Keiser has since changed coaches to Frank Carroll. There was speculation that one of the reasons Kim left Orser was because he took on several other elite skaters. Ifthat was indeed a factor, Kim is certainly Oppegard's top student now bar none.

3. Discipline and technique - Kim will sit out the fall Grand Prix Series, but says she intends to return to competition for the World Championships in March. In order to follow through with these goals, even an Olympic champion will need a strong motivator on her team. Oppegard is a solid technician and disciplinarian who will give Kim the push she needs if she hopes to regain her world title.

Kim has already achieved the greatest success in figure skating and Oppegard is tasked with maintaining her "queen" status. Do you think he is up to the challenge?

Kim names Oppegard as next coach
By BETH HARRIS, AP Sports Writer
http://www.universalsports.com/news/article/newsid=495038.html#
kim+keeps+close+kwan+with+coach



"I feel like it's new motivation for me to move forward," Kim said through a translator.

Asked to say something in English, Kim appeared startled, then smiled and said, "I'm so glad to be training here in Los Angeles with my new coach and new skaters."

"She is very motivated and very driven," Oppegard said. "She reminds me in some ways of Michelle, who has a love of skating."

"It was really great to see him again," Kim said. "He had a very calm and collected manner. He has a unique style of leading the skaters. He's going to help me in many areas, artistically as well as technically."

Kim said living in Los Angeles was "much more convenient" and she already knew the area since she's been coming here to train for years.

"I need to be in an environment where the skating rink can support me," she said. "I think everyone in Korea understands why I have to be overseas."

"With all her successes, she's still interested in furthering her skating in all aspects," he said.
"We'll be examining every aspect, from jumping to spinning to the overall fluidity of her style, which is world-renowned."

Oppegard said he prefers coaching a solo skater.

"I find it easier," he said. "It will be a singular focus on Yu-Na. I like the one-on-one challenge."



▼Chicago Tribune

It's Kwantifiable: Kim picks Oppegard, a pairs champion, as her new coach

By Philip Hersh
http://newsblogs.chicagotribune.com/sports_globetrotting/2010/10/
kwantifiable-kim-picks-oppegard-a-pairs-champion-as-her-new-
coach.html

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''I didn't realize until the press conference today that Michelle had talked with Yuna about the idea of checking out East West,'' Oppegard said via telephone.

Oppegard's discussions with Kim about becoming her coach began two weeks ago. She reminded him that he had taught her the double axel jump during a summer group session at Lake Arrowhead several years ago.

''Yuna told me she wanted to see if she related to me the way she remembered, and she said she did,'' Oppegard said. ''I think we need to familiarize ourselves with each other again. We have not had the first discussion about what she intends to do competitively.''

Oppegard said he was impressed by the way Kim viewed her skating future.

''I liked what she brought to me,'' he said. ''She said, `I have already done these things. I have achieved these goals. But I would like to work on all aspects of my skating and where it takes me.'

''She wants to be a more complete skater. It will be fun to see the evolution.''

Whoever became Kim's new coach faced what seems a no-win situation: how do you take over someone who won Olympic gold with one of the greatest performances in history, especially someone who is a national icon under constant attention from the South Korean press?

''If I focus on it from that perspective, it's somewhat paralyzing,'' Oppegard said. ''You would start looking at it as, `In what ways can I possibly fail?'

''I hope to take some of the pressure off her and put it on my shoulders.''



▼Los Angeles Times

Kim Yuna finds 'calm, collected' coach in Peter Oppegard
by: Helene Elliott
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/sports_blog/2010/10/kim-yuna-michelle-kwan-peter-oppegard-olympics-figure-skating.html



Kim Yuna was in her fourth year of elementary school when she first met Peter Oppegard.
"I noticed he had a very calm, collected manner that would match my style very well," Kim said through a translator. "He has a very unique style of leading students and his skaters are very happy."

"She feels like she's on a journey in skating and doesn't feel she has reached the pinnacle of what she can do," he said. "She's still interested in furthering her skating and that's an admirable quality."

“She’s very motivated, very driven,” he said of Kim. “She reminds me in some ways of Michelle and her love for skating. Because she has that and wants to continue, that’s a great base for us to develop from.”

"I feel very calm, very collected about the future,"she said.
Switching to English, she added, "I'm so glad to be training here in Los Angeles with my new coach and new skaters. I really love training in my new rink."

As for their first meeting all those years ago, Oppegardremembers it clearly. "She was very cute," he said. "She would come with a class of five fellow Koreans. She was taller than the rest. She stood in the back and was very quiet but very talented."



▼REUTERS

Figure skater Kim decides on American Oppegard as new coach
Writing by Steve Keating in Toronto, Editing by Frank Pingue
http://ca.reuters.com/article/sportsNews/idCATRE69505920101006



"We were ... very excited to have her here and she's been training here in the rink now to prepare for her show and just did a very successful show," said Oppegard. "We're very, very pleased that she's decided to stay on with us and continue to work here at East West Ice Palace."



▼Kentucky.com

Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim to train in Southern California
By SCOTT M. REID - The Orange County Register
http://www.kentucky.com/2010/10/05/1466357/olympic-figure-skater-yuna-kim.html



"I know his coaching style and how he coaches," Kim said. "So I think he'll help me in many areas, both artistically as well as technically."

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