Brian Orser loses another star pupil…

According to this article, Adam Rippon is leaving Brian Orser for Ghislain Briand. The parting seems a lot more amicable and less dramatic than the Yuna-Orser split. Then again, Adam doesn’t have a band of rabid fans who worships everything she touches and says. With Adam gone, I’m starting to wonder about Orser’s future career as a coach. Right after the Olympic season, skaters started flocking to Orser in the summer, just to test him out. Right now, he just seems to be losing one high profile student after the other.

Adam has been hailed to be the next great American male skater and it seemed as if Orser did not need Yuna to maintain his top coach status. I’m not trying to question Orser’s coaching ability at the moment, but I’m just wondering what’s going on. Was it just coincidence that Adam is leaving so soon after Yuna’s departure? Is Orser not the hot shit we all supposed him to be? Orser’s next hope lies in Christina Gao and if she fails to make waves in the figure skating world (and she’ll have to beat out really tough competition from Japan and Russia to do this), Orser will be known as the one who once coached Yuna Kim and Adam Rippon.  Oh yes, and an Olympic silver medalist – never gold, like most Canadian skaters.

What do you think is going on?

~The Rinkside Cafe


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rocky
    Feb 13, 2014 @ 23:36:06

    Well I guess you can eat some humble pie now, normally I would call a person like you an ass hole but the Olympics are not over yet…..what was that girls name? Who cares two world records already and this Olympics has just started


    • rinksidecafe
      Feb 14, 2014 @ 00:09:54

      Dude, calm down. This was written three years ago. Orser has proven himself since with Yuzuru and Javier though things weren’t looking so good for him back then.


  2. Rocky
    Feb 16, 2014 @ 12:06:27

    I’m calm, lol……it was just that he was being bashed by so many people it made me angry for a moment. Well anyway good post


    • rinksidecafe
      Feb 16, 2014 @ 12:53:21

      I think part of it was the Korean fandom. If fandom has levels, Korean is the ultimate godly level where fans get really scary. (You don’t even want to know some of the things they do when they love their boy bands.) When Yuna dropped Orser, the love that the Koreans held for him turned quickly into something less nice.


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