Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Defending American Pairs Champions Compete This Week

"You have two weeks to clean up your act," he told his top team, "and you'll be fine." In his hand was a sheet of paper filled with marks and comments; it was the critique of a figure skating judge who had been invited earlier this month to view programs of the Arctic Figure Skating Club's national-bound competitors.

Johns is the primary coach of Brooke Castile and Ben Okolski, the defending American pairs champions who scored the biggest upset of last year's nationals when they came from behind and dethroned 2006 Olympians and two-time U.S. gold medalists Rena Inoue and John Baldwin.

It was a huge step forward for the Canton duo: Castile and Okolski finished eighth at the 2006 U.S. championships.

Since that breakthrough moment, Johns' task has been to ensure his team stays on top,

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Source: Detroit free Press

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