There was a short clip about Stéphane in Swiss TV today in German, on occasion of the upcoming AOI show. Title "Ein Artist mit Leidenschaft und Charme" = "An artist with passion and charm". It was filmed in Champéry including short interview with Koshiro and Deniss. In the end we get a very short glimpse on one of Stéphane's new AOI programs.
At 00:40 Stéphane says that for him as coach it's important to have confidence, patience, passion. And also not to be afraid to improve because also as coach he does not know everything. One of his qualities is to be very precise, with himself and with his students.
Deniss: I enjoy a lot the atmosphere and the positive energy during the training. He is very motivating and drives me to peak performance. I also appreciate his balanced team.
Koshiro: He motivates me, whether I'm in competition or in training. He's good.
In the end Stéphane says that - as skater or as coach, much patience is needed, much work, and it wouldn't be possible without "l' amour pour le sport" = Love for the sport.
The first part is about Stéphane's collaboration with Gabriella Papadakis and Guillaume Cizeron for their new Free Dance. He was chosen by the French couple to work on the details of their free program to sharpen, improve their gestural vocabulary. It turned out to be a winning gamble as the result was beyond his expectations. Stéphane says he wanted to feed them with new movements, with new choreographic combinations to renew their repertory. Then it was them and their coaches who used this new repertory, refined it and made it become even more lively than what it was in the beginning. He congratulates them for all their work and that they 'took it to an unbelievable level'. He looks forward to see what they'll still do until the Worlds because he has the impression that each time he sees them, they have evolved and push their program to yet another dimension.
Second part about Stéphane and his skating school. First, Stéphane says (as he said in interviews before) that in his vision it's not the results that are important/essential at first, but to reach as far as possible. And for him as coach to make training plans accordingly.
Does Stéphane get as much satisfaction by coaching as he got when skating at competitions and winning titles on the highest level? Stéphane: It's true, I was world champion twice. But there have been difficult moments also. I think I learned a lot from my successes and also from those difficult moments. And the fact of being able to teach and to lighten the path of all my students allows me to experience very, very beautiful things. Today, as a coach, I even more appreciate all the work that has been done during my career, including the work that my coach did with me. The confidence that had reigned during my competitive career, I try to reproduce it with my students. (Stéphane referring to his long time coach and mentor Peter Grütter who, as the moderator says, is certainly proud of Stéphane's second professional life).
I don't know where to put this because there's not a 2019 Asian shows thread and I'm not sure how to open a new one. The good news at the moment is that Stephane will be in the Japanese Stars on Ice tour - he doesn't usually do SoI, but I'm trying not to read too much into that right now... (Deniss and Koshiro are also in the cast.)