Best Coach


ISU Skating Awards 2020 - Best Coach

Honors a Coach who delivered professional and efficient work and achieved outstanding results with one or several Single Skaters and/or Pairs and/or ice Dance Couples.



A former Single Skater and Ice Dancer. Following her competitive career, she performed in ice shows and worked as a coach in the USA. In 1999 she returned to Moscow. She is currently the head coach of the Sambo 70 Figure Skating section in Moscow. Her current students include Alina Zagitova (RUS), Anna Shcherbakova (RUS), Alena Kostornaia (RUS) and formerly Alexandra Trusova (RUS). Instagram

Coach for:
Alina Zagitova (RUS)
Anna Shcherbakova (RUS)
Alena Kostornaia (RUS)
Alexandra Trusova (RUS)



ISU SA Coach Brian Orser web



1984 and 1988 Olympic silver medalist and 1987 World Champion. Following his retirement from competing in 1988, he toured with shows for almost 20 years. Then he turned to coaching and is now the head coach at the Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. His current students include Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN), Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS), Jason Brown (USA) and Jun-Hwan Cha (KOR). His former students include Javier Fernandez (ESP) and Yuna Kim (KOR).

Coach for:
Yuzuru Hanyu (JPN)
Evgenia Medvedeva (RUS)
Jason Brown (USA)
Junhwan Cha (KOR)
Javier Fernandez (ESP)
Yuna Kim (KOR)


ISU SA Coach Rafael Arutyunyan web



A former Skater from the then Soviet Union. He started coaching in the mid 70s in Armenia before moving to Moscow in 1985. In 2000 he moved to the USA and started coaching in California. He is now based in Irvine, CA. His current students include Nathan Chen (USA), Mariah Bell (USA), Michal Brezina (CZE) and Stephen Gogolev (CAN). Among former students are Michelle Kwan (USA), Mao Asada (JPN), Jeffrey Buttle (CAN) and Sasha Cohen (USA).

Coach for:
Nathan Chen (USA)
Mariah Bell (USA)
Michal brezina (CZE)
Stephen Gogolev (CAN)
Michelle Kwan (USA)
Mao Asada (JPN)
Sasha Cohen (USA)
Jeffrey Buttle (CAN)