By LAUREN LOWREY
Nashville, Tennessee (WSMV) – One of the most popular sports at the Winter Olympics is figure skating. A world-renowned coach has now made Nashville his home.
Her name is Kori Ade. She moved here in 2019 to lead elite level training within the Scott Hamilton Skating Academy at the Ford Ice Center in Bellevue and Antioch.
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“It’s one of the coolest things about skating, is that there is a track for everyone,” said Ade.
Ade has coached two Olympic skaters but still works with the elite and beginners.
She moved here from Colorado Springs in 2019 with the promise that she could build a program in Nashville.
News4 asked Ade what she wanted to create with her program.
“You see it so you see we meet all the athletes where they are and that’s one of the beauties of sport in general,” said Ade. “And then the philosophy of our program really comes to us and tells us what you want with it, and we’ll tailor the experience for you. “
Ade is known for her “TAPS” program, which stands for “Total Athlete Performance Seminars”. It addresses the athlete as a whole, not only their performance on the ice, but all aspects of their life.
“It’s an individual sport, so ten-year-olds just get isolated, you know, they get isolated. A lot of them are homeschooled, so the athletes you see are homeschooled for various reasons, but a lot of them for sports, so they’re isolated and lonely, ”Ade said. “So we try to create an environment that feels like a family. They can come here. This is their friendship group. They’re their people and because of that I’m really looking for coaches who have a way of feeding and making kids feel supported, and like I said, safe, and like they’re friendly and warm.
What would it be like for a skater from Nashville to come on the program and be successful at the highest level?
“I think it’s every program’s dream to have a local athlete who is grassroots right through to the end of their career, you know, who you can see through,” Ade said.
How long would it take for someone to compete at Olympic level? Ade said he worked for 15 years seven hours a day, six days a week in addition to school.
When you see the figure skaters competing in the Beijing Olympics in February, you’ll have a better idea of what it took to get there.
The US Figure Skating Championships will be held January 3-9 at the Bridgestone Arena. The championships serve as the final qualifying competition before US figure skating nominates athletes to the US Olympic figure skating team.
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