Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Todd Eldredge Spends Summer Coaching

Three-time Olympian Todd Eldredge is spending his summer coaching, and he is enjoying every minute of it.
"The funny thing is I used to think, 'I don't want to be a coach,'" says six-time U.S. men's champion, world champion and three-time Olympian Todd Eldredge, who is at Incredible Ice in Coral Springs, Florida, working with 2006 world champion, 2007 U.S. champion Kimberly Meissner, as well as a bunch of kids.

"They're fun to work with because most of the younger kids will try anything," says Eldredge, 36. "They have neat personalities. You see their excitement when they work with you and all of a sudden they land their double Axel or double flip or their single toe for the first time. They light up in their faces like, 'Wow, I did it! That's really cool.' It's neat to see."

He's helping coach Richard Callaghan get Meissner's career back on track. "Trying to get her to come out of her shell a little bit," Eldredge says. "Get her consistent on her jumps. Get her spins better. Get her footwork better.

"Right now, I'm trying to get her to use her knees a lot when she's skating. She skates a little bit stiff in her knees. If she were able to get down in her knees a little bit it would look nice and help her posture. I'm working on little nit-picky things. Obviously, she's a world champion, so she's good. But it's the little nit-picky things that you try to pick up and improve on to make her that much better."

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