Rachael Flatt will work with new coaches


2010 Olympian Rachael Flatt will start working with a new coaching staff as she begins her academic career at Stanford University in late September.

Flatt announced that she will be working with Justin Dillon, Lynn Smith and Sergei Ponomarenko in the Palo Alto, Calif., area.

"I'm looking forward to the beginning of my academic endeavors and my training in northern California," Flatt said in a statement released by U.S. figure skating. "I'm excited to work with Justin and Lynn and eventually compete at the U.S. Championships that will take place near my new training sites."

Flatt will train at Sharks Ice San Jose (the official practice venue of the 2012 U.S. Figure Skating Championships), Sharks Ice Oakland and Ice Oasis.

Flatt worked with Tom Zakrajsek and Becky Calvin at the Broadmoor Skating Club in Colorado Springs, Colo., for the past 10 years. She won the 2010 U.S. title, the 2008 world junior title and three silver medals at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships while working with Zakrajesek and Calvin.

"With regard to my skating, there are so many people who have been part of my team," Flatt said. "I'd like to thank Tom and Becky especially for being part of that team from the beginning."