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Vash01
06-25-2011, 07:55 PM
The most recent splits of ice dance (Crone-Poilier, Samuelson-Bates) and pairs (Dube-Davisson, Yankowkas-Coughlin) teams have been shocking. That started me thinking/wondering of past break ups in FS, and they are not limited to pairs and ice dance.

To me the most shocking one still remains- Michelle Kwan splitting from Frank Caroll just before the 2002 Olympic season.

Another one was Ina-Dungjen splitting after a 4th place finish at the 1998 Olympics.

Chen Lu splitting from her coach of many years after winning a world gold (95) and world silver (96) was also shocking, and it really affected her skating in 1997.

Jamie Silverstein-Justin Pekarek break up was very disappointing to me because I really liked this ice dance team. Later Jamie went to the Olympics with Ryan O'Meara but ended the partnership (retired from skating) after just one year. That was even more disappointing.

I remember being shocked when Mishkutenok-Dmitriev split in 1994 (or was it 1995 after they skated a few pro programs?). Even though Natalia did not want to go to another Olympic, I thought she would at least want to skate professionally with Artur, but I think they split because Artur wanted to continue as eligible and Natalia did not want to anymore.

The most famous has to be Rodnina-Ullanov split after 4 world titles and an OGM, but I was not watching FS then. So it's hard to be shocked or disappointed by it, particularly since Irina won two OGMs with Zaitsev after that.

Spiralgraph
06-25-2011, 08:42 PM
The split that "shocked" me at the time was the split of Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo as a pair team.
In hindsight of course, it was a great move for Kristi, as two years later she won the Olympic Gold medal. Rudy had to wait a bit longer for his success, but I was very happy he succeeded to become a National champion and a world bronze medalist..

But at the time I was disappointed..

blue_idealist
06-25-2011, 09:38 PM
I think this season takes the cake for me for the most shocking splits.

I was a bit disappointed by the breakups of Marcoux/Buntin and Langlois/Archetto for Canada, but they weren't so bad as the ones this season.

Khokhlova/Novitski was very disappointing, but not at all shocking and pretty inevitable considering his injury.

mikemba
06-25-2011, 11:27 PM
The split that "shocked" me at the time was the split of Kristi Yamaguchi and Rudy Galindo as a pair team.


At the time I was also very disappointed but I wasn't shocked. After 2 consecutive Worlds in which she did well -- but missed the podium -- in both pairs and singles, it looked like if she ever wanted to medal, she'd have to give up one. I think the TV commentators hinted at this prior to the breakup. It made sense to keep singles since the timing was great: the elimination of figures.

Although we spectators didn't know this at the time, Rudy later admitted that he sometimes had shown up for pairs practices after drinking. In that dangerous situation I would have ended the partnership immediately!

Sigh.... What fun they were to watch. It's hard to believe that over 20 years ago they did a side-by-side triple flip-triple toe sequence!

BigB08822
06-25-2011, 11:48 PM
How about Kwan and Frank (and even Lori). That one shocked the crap out of me, especially being that it happened going into the Olympic season.

Vash01
06-26-2011, 02:34 AM
How about Kwan and Frank (and even Lori). That one shocked the crap out of me, especially being that it happened going into the Olympic season.

That was mentioned in the opening post as the most shocking to me.

ChelleC
06-26-2011, 02:44 AM
For me it was definitely Michelle Kwan splitting from Frank Caroll.

BigB08822
06-26-2011, 04:11 AM
I amaze myself. I skimmed your post quickly and read every single one except Michelle and Frank. Sorry! Then I agree!

briancoogaert
06-26-2011, 12:14 PM
Chen Lu splitting from her coach of many years after winning a world gold (95) and world silver (96) was also shocking, and it really affected her skating in 1997.
Wasn't she also injured this year ?

kwanette
06-26-2011, 01:02 PM
For me it was definitely Michelle Kwan splitting from Frank Caroll.

Me, too.

Vash01
06-26-2011, 05:26 PM
I amaze myself. I skimmed your post quickly and read every single one except Michelle and Frank. Sorry! Then I agree!

No problem. Happens to most of us at times.

casken
06-27-2011, 02:54 AM
G&P and U&Z splitting and swapping partners.

It was like the stuff of skating fanfics. :drama:

Habs
06-27-2011, 05:34 PM
For me it was when Bourne & Kraatz split just after turing pro.

Vash01
06-27-2011, 07:38 PM
G&P and U&Z splitting and swapping partners.

It was like the stuff of skating fanfics. :drama:

Yes, it was almost a soap opera.

aliceanne
06-27-2011, 07:45 PM
Wasn't she also injured this year ?

Do Chinese skaters have a choice as to who coaches them?

I think Bourne and Kraatz was the most shocking to me. They were just at the point where they could start making money after a long competitive career, and at that time it was so rare for a North American pair to medal (let alone gold) in ice dance.

I think it had to partly to do with Morozov. Kraatz claimed he still wanted to train seriously and apparently Morozov wasn't that into it. Kraatz said in one inter view something to the effect that 'I don't know what he is doing (meaning Morozov)'. It's interesting that he and Bourne weren't even communicating until after she divorced Morozov.