Years ago, shortly after New Year's Day, I returned from a wonderful two week vacation. When I returned home, I called all my skating students to remind them I was back and planned to resume their lessons. I will never forget one particular call that left an empty feeling inside of me.
I taught a beautiful little girl who lived with her grandparents. Her grandparents loved her so much! They wanted more than anything to give her the gift of skating. They had told me once that they considered me special and part of their family. I thought I would be the child's private skating teacher for many years and it never occurred to me that the family would consider another coach. That day, my routine phone call turned out not to be routine since the little girl's grandmother said the folllowing to me: "Jo Ann, we are no longer going to use you for skating lessons; we've found someone else." I was stunned!
One of the hardest things anyone who coaches figure skating goes through is "losing a student." Most figure skating coaches put in long hours and do care about the people they give lessons to. Some skaters grow up with a certain coach and leaving that special teacher and mentor can be traumatic for both parties involved.
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Olympic Figure Skater Johnny Weir Left Longtime Coach Priscilla Hill in 2007 - Photo by Matthew Stockman /Getty Images