The Ducks announced today that renowned figure skating coach Rafael Arutyunyan will use THE RINKS – Lakewood ICE as his main training facility leading into the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. A former Soviet national competitor, Arutyunyan was named the U.S. Figure Skating/PSA Coach of the Year for both 2015 and 2016. His past and present students include three-time U.S. champion and Olympian Ashley Wagner; 2016 U.S. Champion Adam Rippon; 2016 U.S. bronze medalist Nathan Chen; as well as World champions Michelle Kwan, Sasha Cohen, Mao Asada and Jeffery Buttle.
Starting June 25, Rafael will begin his coaching residency at Lakewood ICE. He is acknowledged around the world for his success in teaching jump technique and employs a systematic, theoretical analysis of the methods applied to the skill of jumping on ice. Rafael uses his skater’s height and distance to determine proper take-off velocity as it relates to timing, angle direction, and position. His methods have proven to be effective with his athletes winning several Grand Prix medals, the U.S. Senior Ladies Bronze medal, the U.S. Senior Men’s Gold medal, and the Ladies Silver medal in the World Championships just in this year alone.
“We’re thrilled to bring one of the sport’s best coaches to a RINKS facility,” said Vice President of THE RINKS Art Trottier. “Rafael’s reputation as a forward-thinking, elite-level professional falls perfectly in line with our goals to continue building world-class figure skating and ice hockey programs for all levels of athletes.”
Launched in February 2009, THE RINKS Development Program now consists of seven local skating facilities operated by the Anaheim Ducks: four ice rinks (THE RINKS – Anaheim ICE, THE RINKS - Lakewood ICE, THE RINKS – Westminster ICE and THE RINKS –Yorba Linda ICE), as well as three inline facilities (THE RINKS – Huntington Beach Inline, THE RINKS – Irvine Inline and THE RINKS – Corona Inline). For information on THE RINKS program, visit www.The-Rinks.com.