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Sk8swan
05-08-2011, 09:16 PM
Former world roller skating pair champion Matteo Guarise teamed up with Kaela Pflumm about 5 months ago. The pair have been working hard in Colorado Springs under the guidance of Dalilah Sappenfield and had a very successful test with the Italian Federation last week. If everything goes as planned, the pair will represent Italy and compete at international senior level next season :)
Good luck guys! :cheer2::watch:

Sylvia
05-08-2011, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the news!

Kaela Pflumm, now 20 years old, competed with Christopher Pottenger for several seasons on the JGP and their last competition together was 2008 US Nationals (11th in Senior).

Sk8swan
05-08-2011, 09:22 PM
Thanks for the news!

Kaela Pflumm, now 20 years old, competed with Christopher Pottenger for several seasons on the JGP and their last competition together was 2008 US Nationals (11th in Senior).

Yes :) And she was born in 1991 and he in 1988.

His competitive record in roller skating: 3-times World Junior Pair Champion (2004-2005-2006), Silver Medalist at 2007 Senior Worlds, 2008 World Senior Pair Champion (all titles with partner Sara Venerucci)

Cloudy_Gumdrops
05-08-2011, 09:49 PM
I hope things go well for them. Did Italy even have a 2nd pair anymore, what with DM&K and the roller pair retiring?

Sk8swan
05-09-2011, 10:06 AM
I hope things go well for them. Did Italy even have a 2nd pair anymore, what with DM&K and the roller pair retiring?

Yes for next season Gillespie & DeMattè will be competing as senior. I think Kocon is trying out with a new partner but I have no idea if he'll manage to be competitive for next season and if he'll represent Italy or not.
So for Italy's senior team next season it should be:
Berton & Hotarek
Pflumm & Guarise
Gillespie & DeMattè
Kocon ?

TAHbKA
05-09-2011, 11:21 AM
Thanks, Sk8swan!

Ian74!
05-09-2011, 12:02 PM
Former world roller skating pair champion Matteo Guarise teamed up with Kaela Pflumm about 5 months ago. The pair have been working hard in Colorado Springs under the guidance of Dalilah Sappenfield and had a very successful test with the Italian Federation last week. If everything goes as planned, the pair will represent Italy and compete at international senior level next season :)
Good luck guys! :cheer2::watch:

GREAT NEWS!
In fact, I was looking for some info related to Matteo Guarise, after months of silence and I learnt it yesterday.
Actually, he started with a Russian partner in June 2010, but the couple split in August.
Glad to see that finally Matteo found a new partner and had a positive test with the Italian Federation.
The best would be if Yannick finds an italian partner and goes on representing Italy! We got so many ladies in single with double axel and triple salchow and I am sure that there must be 1 willing to try pairs!!!

Sk8swan
05-09-2011, 01:44 PM
GREAT NEWS!
In fact, I was looking for some info related to Matteo Guarise, after months of silence and I learnt it yesterday.
Actually, he started with a Russian partner in June 2010, but the couple split in August.
Glad to see that finally Matteo found a new partner and had a positive test with the Italian Federation.
The best would be if Yannick finds an italian partner and goes on representing Italy! We got so many ladies in single with double axel and triple salchow and I am sure that there must be 1 willing to try pairs!!!

I dunno if it would be the best idea for Kocon to team up with a girl who's never done pairs before, it might take too long for them to reach a good level of skating.
I didn't write about Matteo skating with the Russian girl in here as I had already posted about that in this forum. Thanks for bringing it in anyway. Since he decided to switch to the ice, Matteo had basically no breaks at all in trainings (first he skated on his own, then with the Russian girl, on his own again and now with Kaela).

Ozzisk8tr
05-09-2011, 01:48 PM
I truly hope for the best for Matteo. He has been a joy to watch at Roller worlds. His passion certainly is evident, I hope the results follow through. Very best of luck to them.

Ian74!
05-09-2011, 02:49 PM
I dunno if it would be the best idea for Kocon to team up with a girl who's never done pairs before, it might take too long for them to reach a good level of skating.
I didn't write about Matteo skating with the Russian girl in here as I had already posted about that in this forum. Thanks for bringing it in anyway. Since he decided to switch to the ice, Matteo had basically no breaks at all in trainings (first he skated on his own, then with the Russian girl, on his own again and now with Kaela).
This would mean representing another country for Yannick, cause I do not see any girl who has done pairs before in Italy (at least ther is none available right now).
Laura Magitteri? :confused:
She is the only one I got in my mind.
However, even Stefania or Nicole were at their first pair experience and the results have been extremely good!
OTOH, I wonder if Yannick can skate with a non-italian citizen representing Italy (does he have a dual citizenship???).
Finally, I've heard rumors about Federico Degli Esposti looking for a new partner to skate again in competitions....
It seems that the world is upside down... we have too many men skating and no girls available!!! First time in Italy!!!

SamuraiK
05-09-2011, 03:07 PM
Kocon should skate with an italian girl, there are plenty of girls right now but hardly any with potential to break through in singles and remember both Berton and DellaMonica were fresh to pairs and the results were good still.

I would chose Francesca Rio for him, artistically shes lovely, last time i saw here she was tiny too but she seems to have lost her big jumps and is going nowhere in singles. Time to try pairs ..

Sk8swan
05-09-2011, 03:16 PM
OTOH, I wonder if Yannick can skate with a non-italian citizen representing Italy (does he have a dual citizenship???)

He has Italian passport otherwise he would have never been able to compete in the Olympics.


Finally, I've heard rumors about Federico Degli Esposti looking for a new partner to skate again in competitions....

I can tell you that's not really the case. Of course Marika and Federico ended their competitive career on the ice not the way they wanted and he specially felt like they could give more to the sport. But there are too many difficulties for them to keep going. The chance that he keeps going with another partner is very remote and IMO not a smart choice, he has the best pair partner one could hope for and they know each other so well after skating together for so long (since 1996 actually).

Ian74!
05-09-2011, 03:21 PM
Kocon should skate with an italian girl, there are plenty of girls right now but hardly any with potential to break through in singles and remember both Berton and DellaMonica were fresh to pairs and the results were good still.

I would chose Francesca Rio for him, artistically shes lovely, last time i saw here she was tiny too but she seems to have lost her big jumps and is going nowhere in singles. Time to try pairs ..

Fully agree with you!
We got Francesca Rio, Bianca Balzarini, Victoria Manni, all girls with good skating skills, but lack of triples to be at the top in singles.
I do not know if they are tiny enough and maybe too tall, considering that Yannick is 1.70 mt.

Ian74!
05-09-2011, 03:22 PM
He has Italian passport otherwise he would have never been able to compete in the Olympics.



I can tell you that's not really the case. Of course Marika and Federico ended their competitive career on the ice not the way they wanted and he specially felt like they could give more to the sport. But there are too many difficulties for them to keep going. The chance that he keeps going with another partner is very remote and IMO not a smart choice, he has the best pair partner one could hope for and they know each other so well after skating together for so long (since 1996 actually).

I see, but the source regarding Federico was quite reliable...
Maybe it is just a backtalk!!! :rolleyes:

Sk8swan
05-09-2011, 03:37 PM
I would chose Francesca Rio for him, artistically shes lovely, last time i saw here she was tiny too but she seems to have lost her big jumps and is going nowhere in singles. Time to try pairs ..

Honestly I don't agree with that. It seems like people think pairs is up for everyone to try like "I'm not successful in single let's do pairs". I don't like this perspective: pairs IMO is the most difficult discipline of all. Maybe because I'm familiar with the roller skating world where they "pair up" skaters at a very young age. This way they can grow together and learn more and more difficult pair elements and when they reach the highest level they have an amazing variety of different elements they can show off i.e. lifts. It seems to me though that ice teams paired up late in their career can rely (and that's IMO is a scoring's system bug) on high level difficulty on single elements to get the points and then keep showing the same lifts over and over again and settle for a 2twist. Honestly I'm more interesting in seeing different lifts with difficult entry/dismount, or a pair going for a 3twist and 2 difficult 3throws instead of going for 2 sets of sbs triples.