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John and Dee Dee Viola Recipeints Of The Charles Wahlig Memorial USARS Life Membership Award

Aug. 12, 2016, 3:41 p.m. (ET)

Highly successful coaching team at the National and World Championships level in the International Dance events, being responsible for so many excellent dance teams in an era of strong dance skating.  Dee Dee was able to motivate the newer skaters, making them fall in love with skating because she made them feel important and appreciated as a member of their club.  The club atmosphere set allowed them to have many skaters to work with, resulting in qualifiers in 24 World Championships, who won or placed at 23 of the 24 years..  This highly respected coaching team set a high bar for excellence and teamwork.  John was also an excellent resource, giving seminars for coaches