Episode 18: Richard Gauthier

Featuring Richard Gauthier

Competitor, coach and Alumni Committee member Nic Young chats with world-renowned pair coach Richard Gautier.  Together they explore Richard’s skating career and what attracted him to coaching, in particular, pair skating.  You will discover that Richard’s success in skating is based on more than what appears at the rink. To explore his coaching philosophy, enjoy listening to Richard’s passion about being one of the world’s best.

Skate Canada Hall of Fame Member – Professional

When it comes to pair skating in Canada, Richard Gauthier has the golden touch.

As one of the most respected pair coaches in the world for more than three decades, Gauthier, from Saint Etienne-de-Bolton, Que., takes his place in the Skate Canada Hall of Fame in the professional discipline.

Gauthier did not begin skating until age 12, and it wasn’t long before he realized his goal wasn’t to win a national championship or step onto an Olympic podium as an athlete.

He wanted to leave a legacy on the sport through coaching.

In 1998, Gauthier brought together the team of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier, who would go on to win gold at the 2001 ISU World Championships and 2002 Winter Olympic Games.

Gauthier and Bruno Marcotte mentored two-time defending world pair champions Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford. At his world-renowned pair skating school in Saint-Leonard, Que., Gauthier also trains several world-ranked pair teams, including 2016 U.S. bronze medallists Marissa Castelli and Mervin Tran and 2015 Skate Canada International bronze medallists Kirsten Moore-Towers and Michael Marinaro.