I consider myself a thoughtful person, I don’t like to do things superficially. Judging means understanding the core of the competition, the evolution of the moves and the technicality they require.
But most of these qualities come from my passion for teaching and coaching. Analyzing my students on the spot, reviewing and re-reviewing their videos and trying to figure out the best hints to improve is what I’m most passionate about.
Hours spent in front of the videos to understand each maneuver, technique and complexity. Identifying the details that can make the difference, and the weaknesses of each rider.
The two jobs are similar in some ways.
But between the two, my heart goes out to coaching because it has the most gratifying outcome.
In judging, the goal is to define which of two people is better.
In coaching, the goal is to develop the athlete involved, technically and beyond. In coaching, there is a human synergy that drives me more than anything else.
So next year, I don’t know… I rarely plan every detail of my life, we will see what the possibilities are and I will make my choice at the last minute!