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Zoueva, Krall up for USOC coaching honors

Michigan-based ice dancing mentor, coach of two-time world champ named Coach of the Year finalists

Marina Zoueva is part of the coaching team that has steered Meryl Davis and Charlie White to five straight U.S. ice dancing titles.
Marina Zoueva is part of the coaching team that has steered Meryl Davis and Charlie White to five straight U.S. ice dancing titles. (Jodi Levinson)

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By icenetwork.com
(04/04/2012) - Marina Zoueva has been named a finalist for the United States Olympic Committee's 2011 National Coach of the Year award, while Christy Krall is among the finalists for the USOC's Doc Counsilman Science Award, the organization announced Wednesday.

The winners of the USOC's Coach of the Year awards will be announced at a welcome reception Tuesday, June 19, as part of the 2012 National Coaching Conference at the NCAA Hall of Champions in Indianapolis.

Zoueva guided U.S. Figure Skating teams to 17 top-three finishes in 2011, including gold medal-winning performances at the world championships, U.S. championships and Grand Prix Final by her most well-known American clients, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Zoueva garnered 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Coach and Choreographer of the Year laurels.

Krall, the primary coach of two-time reigning world champion Patrick Chan of Canada, has been at the forefront of using video analysis and biomechanics technology to instruct athletes on how to best modify their technique. A forerunner to U.S. Figure Skating's Sports Sciences and Medicine Committee, Krall's expertise has proven instrumental in giving athletes a competitive edge. She was the recipient of the 2011 PSA/U.S. Figure Skating Pieter Kollen Sports Science Coaching Award.

U.S. Olympic, Paralympic and Pan American sports organizations selected their 2011 Coaches of the Year as part of the USOC Coach of the Year Recognition Program. The finalists in each category were chosen by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals.

Information from the U.S. Olympic Committee was used in this report.