It was very helpful for Anya to have a learning coach that is also an elite athlete. Nicole readily understands, not only the USPA system, but also the demands and challenges of a young, elite athlete who is living away from home. It was very nice for me as a parent to watch them develop a bond over the year. Throughout the year, I saw this dynamic change. Anya became more independent, and now she calls Nicole first for any academic question that she has. Anya really looks up to Nicole and highly values her advice. She trusts her, and as a parent, I could not ask for anything better.