Yu–Na Kim and Brian Orser split
(Below) Brian Orser talks about his split with Yuna Kim and rumors about coaching Mao Asada
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EricLensher 2 months ago: Yuna Kim was the lucky ones because without it she would not have won the gold. Orsen was a great skater and a coach is recognized in your country and the world, the need to Juna not because he has other skaters who want him to train them, Javier Fernandez is one of them. She is the one that has lost.
ZarathuPower 2 months ago: Yuna was already had super technicality, and much she needed was the artistry which have come from her choreographer. “In August 25, 2010, Orser caused controversy by revealing Kim’s 2010–2011 competitive program information to the press without Kim and her choreographer’s consent.” This tells you what kind of person Oser is…Such a pitiful person with not much of integrity.
lenegal77 3 weeks ago: Do you ever use Google? This is so not true. He didn’t kill his boyfriend’s dog. He gave one away, and the other was put to sleep on advice of the Vet. This happened way back in ’98. And the jilted boyfriend sounds like a gay gigol
Olympic gold medalist Yu-Na Kim has fired her Canadian coach Brian Orser, rumors suggests it may have something to do with Japan’s Mao Asada. In a statement issued by Brian Orser’ agent, it was announced Yu-Na Kim would no longer be coached by Brian Orser, but no reason was given. Now it seems, Brian Orser, had known about this for weeks before coming forward, Brian Orser been told by Yu-Na Kim’s mother, Park Mee-hee, and agent, Helen Choi, that his coaching services would no longer be required.
Mao Asada, meanwhile, is keeping quiet. So what’s the real reason? some people have said Brian Orser was in love with Yu-Na Kim and that made her uncomfortable, or that Yu-Na Kim’s mother was getting greedy and wanting all the revenues herself, neither of these reasons make much sense. What does make sense however is a rumor that talks about Yu-Na Kim main rival, Japanese skater Mao Asada, and how she’s been pressuring Brian Orser to coach her. Brian Orser.
Mao Asada, Japan’s top female ice skater is yet to win an Olympic Gold Medal, In contrast Yu-Na Kim, has not only won the Olympic Gold Medal at the 2010 Games in Vancouver but also set two new World Records for the most points in both the free skate and the combined. Mao Asada had to settle for the silver medal and second place 23 points behind Yu-Na Kim.
Mao Asada has always had trouble finding a coach, She trained for a while in the US in 2006, but left there without a coach. Mao Asada went on to be coached technically only part-time by Russian coach Tatiana Tarasova, but that was as Mao Asada was in Japan while Tarasova remained in Russia. Mao Asada has been looking for a new coach since the Olympic Games in Vancouver, not surprising then, that she might be trying head-hunt Brian Orser.
Yu-Na Kim currently ranked number one in the world with numerous World Records has been more then quite lucky with coaches. Training with Brian Orser for the last three years and, during that time Mao Asada sees Yu-Na’s artistic unbeatable performances every time she competes. Some athletes may tell you the competitive drive can make one do some questionable things.
Yu-Na Kim must have been upset to hear rumors that Mao Asada was trying to steal her coach Brian Orser more so when Brian Orser admitted to have been contacted by Mao Asada. Things have been bumpy between Brian Orser and Yu-Na Kim ever since and finally, this month, the split become public.
Brian Orser told reporters he still doesn’t understand why he was fired, an angry Ya-Na Kim claimed Brian did know the reason and she was upset that he was lying. Korean agency AT Sports owned by Ya-Na Kim’s mother, said “Ever since Brian Orser was offered the job to coach Mao Asada, it’s been awkward and Ya-Na Kim has essentially been training alone.
Sources:Olympic Gold Medalist Fires Her Coach – New York Times
“It was a series of insults,” Orser said Tuesday morning via telephone. “I deserved more respect.”
For all that, Orser said nothing for the three weeks after Kim’s mother, Park Mee-hee, and an agent, Helen Choi, told the coach and Tracy Wilson, who also helped coach Kim, in an Aug. 2 meeting at the Toronto Cricket & Skating Club that they were no longer the skater’s coaches.
So much for the idea that you don’t mess with success.
Orser said he never was given a reason for the split. But he first hoped that it wasn’t irrevocable, and Kim still was training — with an occasional tip from Orser — at the Toronto Cricket Club.
So he kept the situation quiet until Monday night, when Orser’s agent, David Baden of International Management Group, issued a statement about the split on the coach’s behalf.
Choi rebuffed Orser’s criticisms in an email to the Tribune later Tuesday. Click here to read her response.
Orser and Wilson had a final conversation with Kim last Thursday. They told her they still were confused by what had happened. According to Orser, Kim replied that she was confused as well and “had no idea what is going on, either.”
“We told her, `Whatever you decide to do, we support you, and we want you to be happy,'” Orser said. “I don’t want anything to deflate the memories of the four wonderful years we had together.”
Kim, 19, remains at the club, of which she is a member. Orser feels that situation is rapidly becoming untenable.
“It has created a tension that is having an impact on all the other skaters,” Orser said. “Something has to change.
“I think it would be better for her to leave the club. I don’t think she can train on her own at this level.”
Kim announced in July she would not be competing on the Grand Prix circuit this season but intends to skate at the World Championships. She turned to former Canadian ice dancer Shae-Lynn Bourne to choreograph this season’s short program after having worked solely with David Wilson, who is choreographing the long program.
Orser, two-time Olympic silver medalist, said Bourne called to tell him she would be working with Kim. After that, the coach said he sent several emails to a member of Kim’s management team but received no response.
“I thought that was disrespectful,” Orser said.
Orser began to suspect things were going off the rails when rumors circulated in April that he was interested in coaching 2010 Olympic silver medalist Mao Asada of Japan, who went on to beat Kim at the March world championships. Orser said he was approached about the possibility of working but immediately rejected the idea.
“I told Yuna, `Im sure you have heard the rumors, but I want you to know my loyalty is to you, and your skating is my priority,'” Orser recalled.
Kim split with her old management group, IB Sports, after worlds, when her mother founded a new company, All That (AT) Sports. Her primary agent at IB Sports joined All That Sports, which is run by Kim’s mother.
In a statement Monday reported by a Korean newspaper, AT Sports said, “Ever since Orser was offered a job to coach another skater, we have had an awkward relationship. Since June, Kim Yuna has essentially been training alone.”
Orser said financial issues had nothing to do with the split. He denied reports of having received a $1 million bonus after KIm won the Olympics.
“I’m the lowest paid coach at this level in the history of figure skating,” Orser said. “I get $110 an hour, and that is what I charged her. I did make something from Korean commercials, but there was no deal between us for that.”
A Forbes.com story last week said Kim, a national hero in South Korea, had earned $9.5 million in the past year. Forbes said Kim ranked fifth in earnings over that time period among female athletes, after tennis players Maria Sharapova, Serena and Venus Williams and race car driver Danica Patrick.
Kim started working with Orser and David Wilson as a 15-year-old in 2006. Within nine months, she had gone from an athletically talented junior to an artistically striking bronze medalist at the 2007 senior worlds.
She utterly dominated the competition at the Olympics with her mastery of the technical demands of the current judging system and and artistry that included sexy pizzazz in a James Bond-theme short program and a jazzy lightness of being in her long program to Gershwin.
Photo: Kim Yuna and coach Brian Orser react with joy after hearing her free skate scores at the 2010 Olympics. (David Phillips / Associated Press)
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I think this situation, whatever the truth is, is likely to end well for Orser, and poorly for Kim. If she doesn’t perform to gold standards, then people will see the separation from Orser as the reason. He becomes the coach of the decade, and she is left milking positive sentiment in Korea until they realize she’s not going to keep winning.
Given extremely hostile sentiments between Korea and Japan, if Orser really did coach any Japanese athlete, at any level, then that’s basically it for him. But I think a) he’d know that; and b) he’d be unlikely to risk losing Yuna Kim unless her crazy mom did/said something to make his long-term prospects look unreliable.
Posted by: Benjamin | October 21, 2010 at 07:25 PM
Yu–Na Kim and Brian Orser split