Saturday, May 16, 2009

Summer Shuffle

Let the skating coach summer shuffle begin.

Rena Inoue and John Baldwin have announced they are switching coaches. They have decided to go with 3-Time U.S. National Pair Champions Jenni (Meno) and Todd Sand. The pair was previously coached by Phillip Mills.

John told Ice Network, "We have always looked up to Jeni and Todd as a pair, and we see many similarities between their career and ours both on and off the ice." Rena added, "Johnny and I are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with one of the most accomplished teams in the history on the sport."

Hopefully Jeni and Todd can bring the inner grace out of this team, assuming it's in there, and put them back on the skating map. Last season was a bit of a wash after a poor showing at U.S. Nationals that left them off the World team. Unfortunate as the World Championships were right in John's backyard, Los Angeles.

The biggest things I hope Jeni and Todd do for them is help them with the choreography which, for the past two seasons, has been less than stellar and work out the side-by-side triple toes. Ironically, John's biggest hurdle, the side-by-side jumps was also Todd Sand's Achilles Heel.

Maybe if they all put their head's together they can figure out a plan that works for this team.

p.s. When is the wedding?

1 comment:

Katrina said...

I think that's a great idea. I always loved Jeni and Todd.