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Sk8swan
11-19-2011, 09:24 PM
Hopefully things will work out for former world roller skating pair champion Matteo Guarise: he and Nicole Della Monica have paired up and plan to compete in next month's National championships!
Here is the news: http://www.doppioaxel.it/index.php?appr=true&id=55#2
The article says that Matteo, after figuring out that he and US champ Caitlin Yankowskas had no chance to compete at international level together, decided to come back to Italy. Here he got in touch with Nicole and they agreed to try out. As things worked out, they decided to announce their partnership and now they're trying to get ready in record-time for the Italian National Championships which will take place in Courmayeur, December 18th-20th.
Good luck guys! :)

kwanfan1818
11-19-2011, 09:47 PM
That's great news!

Cherub721
11-20-2011, 01:18 AM
Very ambitious to skate that soon! Good luck to them! :D

blue_idealist
11-20-2011, 02:38 AM
Great, it'll be good to see her again.

Jeschke
11-20-2011, 09:59 AM
The article says that Matteo, after figuring out that he and US champ Caitlin Yankowskas had no chance to compete at international level together, decided to come back to Italy.

i would prefer to see caitlin so much, but im happy fr nicole to find a new partner, lets see what they could achieve in this short time.

ioana
11-20-2011, 05:17 PM
Glad to hear Nicole's knee is healed enough for her to start skating again. It should be easier for them to make it to Worlds as the second Italian pair than in the US, so this qualifies as good news all around.

kirkbiggestfan
11-20-2011, 08:23 PM
Let's hope a great American pair partner becomes available after the usual break-ups at US nationals.

beepbeep
11-20-2011, 09:33 PM
Wow, didn't see this one coming.

Matteo and Caitlin would be so great, but I'm quite happy for this pairing :)
Besto of luck to them.

aftershocks
11-20-2011, 10:11 PM
What happened with Matteo and the original U.S. skater he was teamed up with over the summer? I can't remember her name. Why didn't they work out?

Oh, I see in the attached article that it was Kaela Pflumm, tho' I can't read Italian so I'm not sure whether it states why it didn't work out with Kaela. "Pflumm si era gravemente infortunata a un ginocchio ..." Does that mean Pflumm suffered an injury?

ETA: Thanks for your response, Nomad

Nomad
11-20-2011, 10:19 PM
Yes. Specifically, a serious knee injury.

ItalianFan
11-22-2011, 10:13 PM
Re Matteo Guarise: Are there any film clips of this roller skating phenomena on ice skates?? I can't imagine the transition.

Rock2
11-22-2011, 11:05 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRf_rr2hp00

If he can do lifts like that...even with a partner who looks like she weighs more than the requisite 85 lbs....he'll be fine.

Some cool moves here. Longer/tougher program on skates, though and will require a lot more speed. He looks like he has a lot to offer...and has all kindsa heat, too!

Rock2
11-22-2011, 11:12 PM
and a better one from a year later. Throws, crazy-assed lifts, jumps...

If he can bring some of this (and those pants) to ice skating I may fly to Europe for the Italian nationals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A_MCNf8em4&feature=related

shah
11-24-2011, 12:08 AM
whee, great news! hopefully, this partnership will succeed :).
btw, any new info on Kocon?

Sk8swan
11-24-2011, 08:20 PM
and a better one from a year later. Throws, crazy-assed lifts, jumps...

If he can bring some of this (and those pants) to ice skating I may fly to Europe for the Italian nationals.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8A_MCNf8em4&feature=related

:respec: :D
...and I love the pants comment :lol: