In the figure skating world, Frank Carroll is nothing short of a legend. The former student of Maribel Vinson Owen has left his mark on the sport by coaching a bevy of national and world champions who always seem to manage to deliver their greatest performances at the most important competitions of the year. His list of current and former students reads like a who’s who of figure skating: Linda Fratianne, Tiffany Chin, Christopher Bowman, Mark Cockerell, Michelle Kwan, Karen Kwan, Timothy Goebel, Jennifer Kirk, Evan Lysacek, Angela Nikodinov, Beatrisa Liang, Mirai Nagasu, Daisuke Murakami, Jonathan Cassar, Denis Ten and countless others.
In part one of our no-holds-barred interview with the 2007 World Figure Skating Hall of Fame inductee, Frank Carroll discusses his views on “Chanflation” at the 2013 World Championships and revisits a number of highs and lows in his career, including Linda Fratianne’s courageous win in Tokyo, frustrations over the 1980 Olympic Games, the decision to end his coaching relationship with Tiffany Chin and the painful demise of his relationship with Christopher Bowman. Through it all, Frank Carroll demonstrates a passion for the sport and espouses the necessity for us all to take responsibility for our own lives and to live with self-respect.
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