In the USA, there seems to be an intrigue with Russian figure skating coaches. I've even heard figure skaters and their families state that to make it in our sport that they "need a Russian!"
It has been proven that the coaching techniques that came from the Soviet figure skating "machine" did work. Russian pair and ice dance champions reigned internationally for decades.
What are your thoughts? Do you need a Russian to make it in figure skating?
A Russian Figure Skating Coach - Photo by JO ANN Schneider Farris