Meno, Sand to coach Inoue, Baldwin
Pair parts with Phillip Mills
|Rena Inoue and John Baldwin will compete at the Trophee Eric Bompard in October. (Getty Images)|
(05/15/2009) - COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. pairs team of Rena Inoue and John Baldwin announced today that they will end their professional relationship with coach Phillip Mills and will begin training with Jenni Meno and Todd Sand. The 2006 Olympians say they feel confident that the change will lead to a successful season. "We are honored that they have accepted the challenge of coaching us through the next Olympic Games," Baldwin said. "We have always looked up to Jenni and Todd as a pair, and we see many similarities between their career and ours both on and off the ice." Meno and Sand competed together for six seasons, winning three U.S. championships (1994-96) and three world medals (one silver, two bronze), and skating in two Olympic Winter Games (1994, 1998). They coached two teams at the 2009 AT&T U.S. Figure Skating Championships: seniors Lindsay Davis and Alexander Merritt (12th) and novices Tori Vollmer and Zack Sidhu (fifth). "We are so lucky to have the opportunity to work with one of the most accomplished teams in the history of the sport," Inoue said. Inoue and Baldwin trained under Mills for the past two years, during which time they won two U.S. medals: silver in 2008 and bronze last season. "We thank Phillip Mills from the bottom of our hearts for taking us on the last two seasons," Baldwin said. "We will always remember what we accomplished through his guidance." With Meno and Sand, the team will train at facilities in Aliso Viejo and Yorba Linda, Calif.