It was a rainy, dark and dreary Saturday afternoon as Hurricane Hanna made its way up the East Coast. Yet despite the storm, the atmosphere at the Ice House in Hackensack, N.J., located near the center of the gritty city, was bright as some of the world's top competitors performed under the watchful eye of their coach, Nikolai Morozov.
Morozov, who is only 32 years old, is regarded as one of the best coaches in figure skating today. In recent years, he has played the principal role in helping quite of number of contenders medal at world and Olympic events, not to mention Senior and Junior Grand Prix, the world junior championships and national competitions. His stable of students has included 2002 Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Alexei Yagudin; 2006 Olympic gold medalist and 2004 world champion Shizuka Arakawa; 2006 Olympic silver medalist and U.S. champion Sasha Cohen; 2007 world champion Miki Ando; 2007 world champion Brian Joubert; 2003 world champion ice dancers Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor Kraatz; 2008 world junior champion Adam Rippon; and Daisuke Murakami, among others.