Our Interview with Yuka Sato

Yuka Sato has experienced skating from almost every role: competitor, performer, commentator and coach. After suffering competitive disappointment at the 1994 Olympic Games, Sato went on to become the 1994 World champion, a four-time World Professional champion and has coached Jeremy Abbott and Alissa Czisny to gold at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. In our interview with Sato, she discusses her many experiences in the sport and how she applies the the lessons she has learned to the athletes she guides to the top of the sport.

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Author: Dave Lease

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  1. “Know why you skate” Love that. That is something so easily forgotten. Yuka sounds like such an amazing coach!

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  2. Thanks for another wonderful interview. Is it a conscious decision not to ask her how she feels about where she should place at the 94 Olympics and her reaction at what happened at the 94 Worlds medal ceremony? I would also have loved to hear what her secret is to those wonderful basics.

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    • Hi Marco, Great questions. Yuka definitely has some of the best basics in the business. In terms of the ’94 Worlds ceremony, Dave and I felt that it had been discussed at length in previous interviews. I hope you’re having a good week!

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  3. Yuka is such an amazing coach.. Great Interview!

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  4. Great interview, Jenny and Dave! Yuka is such a classy lady. I loved her remarks about Midori Ito. That being said, thanks for putting in Midori’s second attempt at the triple axel in Albertville. It’s -without a doubt- my favorite skating moment, I get goosebumps every single time I watch it. Glorious.

    <3

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  5. This was a great interview with Yuka, good questions, loved getting her memories of 1994 Olympics, what she remembered and how she did not let the drama of the ladies final affect her. Yuka is a wise and wonderful person. I also hoped to get her feelings from that infamous 94 Worlds medal ceremony. You said it had been discussed in previous interviews. I guess some of us have missed those interviews; do you know of somewhere that some of us can search to find her thoughts on that medal ceremony?

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  6. I enjoy these interviews with skaters/coaches from my generation, I learn a lot. Thanks.

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  7. Another wonderful interview with Yuka. I appreciate and enjoy how candid she was regarding competition results and just skating in general.

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  8. Two thumbs up. A skater’s skater, a pro’s pro.

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  9. Very nice interview!

    I’m glad to know that Yuka thought that Nancy should have won…I do too :)

    What are you two’s thoughts on that debate?

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    • I thought Nancy should have won; she was definitely the best that night.

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      • Spoken like a true Scotvold girl :)

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