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ANOTHER ACCOLADE by NEAL REID AND LIZ LEAMY


Tere isn’t much Christine Krall hasn’t seen or done in the skating world, but the famed coach can now add a new title to her increasingly impressive résumé — Coach of the Year. Te veteran coach, who has been a major


player in the figure skating world for roughly 50 years, was named the 2013 Professional Skaters Association Coach of the Year during the 75th annual PSA International Conference and Trade Show May 23‒25 at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare near Chicago.


Krall, who teaches at the Colorado Springs


World Arena Ice Hall, was both shocked and gid- dy about the distinction. “I was totally taken by surprise and had


no idea,” Krall said. “I was very honored and thrilled. It is very, very nice (to be recognized), especially by your peers and the U.S. Figure Skat- ing Association. “I’m still holding my breath and can’t believe


it. I’m very grateful.” Krall’s legacy in skating continues to grow, and she can put her new award next to a num- ber of other trophies and plaques in her trophy case. A master-rated coach in free skating, fig- ures and moves in the field, Krall is a three-time winner of the PSA’s Sports Science Award (2008, 2011, 2013), a two-time USOC Sports Science Award for Figure Skating recipient (2008, 2011) and was awarded the PSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001. Krall spent 26 years coaching at the Broad-


moor World Arena, chaired the moves-in-the- field development for the PSA from 1991 to 1995 and served as U.S. Figure Skating’s senior director of athlete programs from 1996 to 2002.


She also served on the PSA’s Board of Directors as national education director and second vice-pres- ident and was a USA team leader at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before her coaching days, Krall (Haigler) competed in the 1964 Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria, and was a U.S. World Team member. After all these years, Krall stays hungry for


the sport she’s dedicated her life to, and her desire has never wavered. “I’ve reinvented myself about every seven


years,” she said. “Tere’s really never a dull mo- ment, and that’s one of the things that keeps me going. I think the other thing that keeps me go- ing is the colleagues I work around and with. “Tey’re very inspirational. I have a team of


people I work with who are a real part of this award.” Implementing the Dartfish high-speed vid-


eo software program and computers to analyze her athletes has been one way in which Krall has reinvented herself.


“I had no computer skills whatsoever, so that was a walk on the wild side for me,” she said. “It’s been a great, fun thing I’ve learned. I’ve been doing it for about 12 years, and each year, I learn something new about skating I never knew be- fore through Dartfish. “Tat’s kept me on the top of my game.


With all of this technology, and Dartfish in par- ticular, it’s very clear what the skaters have to work on. I don’t think I could teach anymore without the use of this high-speed video.” Krall has coached the likes of three-time World Champion Patrick Chan, served as the


“Tis week has been the culmination of a lot


of planning and we knocked it out of the park.” — PSA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JIMMIE SANTEE


Canadian coach in 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, and currently coaches two-time U.S. bronze medalist Agnes Zawadzki and World Ju- nior champion Joshua Farris, among others. See- ing athletes develop and grow as competitors is a thrill for Krall. “You work very hard with them to get them


to that next level, and a lot of times, it’s a very small thing that’s been fixed that is the screw that puts everything together,” Krall said. “It’s fun to try and find that detail that’s going to make it happen for them to perform. It’s like brain sur- gery — it’s phenomenal!” Te evening’s other award winners included


Tammy Gambill, who collected her third Devel- opmental Coach of the Year honor (2005, 2012). She led Vincent Zhou to the junior men’s title and Tyler Pierce to the novice ladies crown in 2013.


“I’d like to thank U.S. Figure Skating for helping me, the PSA for helping me learn, my students for letting me do my job and Cindy Stu- art for her wonderful choreography,” said Gam- bill, who had 10 students qualify for the U.S. Championships in 2013. She also thanked her coach, Barbara Roles, a World bronze medalist, for being a major influence and mentor in her life.


Tom Dickson, a program architect from


Colorado Springs, was awarded the 2013 Paul McGrath Choreographer of the Year Award. “It’s the fifth time I’ve won this award and I do not take this lightly,” Dickson said via video. “I’d like to thank the PSA, U.S. Figure Skating, my student Alex Johnson and Christy Krall, Da- mon Allen, Mark Mitchell and Peter Johansson for trusting me with their skaters.” Last season, Dickson created the powerful free skate for Ross Miner, the U.S. silver medal-


KRALL NAMED 2013 PSA COACH OF THE YEAR


Olympic champion Scott Hamilton and hall of fame coach Don Laws address the packed house at the 75th annual PSA Conference.


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