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la.louise
09-10-2012, 01:17 PM
http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/ander_nieuws/120909_van_der_perren_paarrijden
According to this interview (a little written article and audio interview) Kevin van der Perren wants to try pairs. He says he still likes to skate and wants to try pair skating now. According to the article Kevin will have try outs with 3 possible partners soon. None of them are Belgian and it wont be his wife.
But in the interview he mentions just one possible partner. He says it will probably take some time because of different reasons: 1 He has to learn how to lift and skate with a partner etc 2 different nationalities 3 Money.
On the question if he wants to skate at the Olympics in Sochi he answers that Sochi will be too soon, but he wants to skate at euros and worlds at some point. He thinks top 6 at euros must be possible with the right partner.

spikydurian
09-10-2012, 01:26 PM
Interesting! Worth trying to see how it will work out if he's still interested in skating.

Zemgirl
09-10-2012, 01:29 PM
This is a joke, right? He's 30 years old, with no pairs experience and a long list of past injuries. In addition, he is kind of short for a pairs skater, not to mention rather slow.

KvdP went out with a great skate in Nice and it seems like the best way to leave the sport. I don't get this, if the story's true.

Frau Muller
09-10-2012, 03:19 PM
This is a joke, right? He's 30 years old, with no pairs experience ......

Didn't John Baldwin, Jr. begin skating pairs around age 30? He was a single skater for 20 yrs before I ever heard about him skating with Rena Inoue ca 2002/03. Anything is possible.

I just hope that Kevin doesn't try to skate Pairs with his lovely wife, Jenna, who is too tall and big boned for that. We don't want to see Kevin in traction!

orbitz
09-10-2012, 03:41 PM
This is a joke, right? He's 30 years old, with no pairs experience and a long list of past injuries. In addition, he is kind of short for a pairs skater, not to mention rather slow.


Does Belgium currently have any pair skaters? If not then it'd be easy for Kevin and partner to make the Belgium National Team.

kirkbiggestfan
09-10-2012, 03:49 PM
He will have to move to a pair center..Chemnitz, Paris...I doubt he will have the funding to go to North America to do that.

arakwafan2006
09-10-2012, 04:05 PM
Some athletes just dont know when to stop...

snoopysnake
09-10-2012, 04:19 PM
Then he'd be Kevin Vanderpairen

:rofl::dog::lol: Sorry, couldn't resist!

love_skate2011
09-10-2012, 04:19 PM
so if he comes back again, this will his nth comeback ? :confused:

ioana
09-10-2012, 04:26 PM
so if he comes back again, this will his nth comeback ? :confused:

Or first in a different discipline since he would still be technically retired from singles ;). If he can find a good partner, I don't see how this could hurt. Belgium doesn't have any pairs right now and anything that would encourge growth in the sport would be a good thing.

Cherub721
09-10-2012, 04:31 PM
Then he'd be Kevin Vanderpairen


:rofl:

I doubt it will be successful, but good for him. There's no Belgian pair, so if he represents his home country then he's not taking away from anyone else, and the minimum score rules will ensure that he doesn't get to a championship unless the pair is decent. If he can go through finding a partner, learning to skate pairs, meeting all the requirements, and qualifying to the finals at a Euros/Worlds, he will certainly be deserving of his slot.

Maybe the federation is willing to pay for him to learn pairs and he thinks it will help him expand his horizons as a pro.

Frau Muller
09-10-2012, 04:34 PM
Does Belgium have a nice short female single skater out there? Or maybe they accept imports. I heard that Mary Beth Marley's great-grandmother was born in Belgium. (Just kidding but you get my drift.)

Rob
09-10-2012, 04:39 PM
Then he'd be Kevin Vanderpairen

:rofl::dog::lol: Sorry, couldn't resist!

:lol: Missed rep opportunity.

How tall is he?

love_skate2011
09-10-2012, 04:40 PM
Does Belgium have a nice short female single skater out there? Or maybe they accept imports. I heard that Mary Beth Marley's great-grandmother was born in Belgium. (Just kidding but you get my drift.)

or import one of the foreign/Russian babies like Kiri Baga or Agafonova ( originally a pairs skater ) who has struggled as singles now but she could be a great pairs skater and she's small.

kirkbiggestfan
09-10-2012, 04:49 PM
Is Anais Morand looking for a partner or did she move on? There are decent French and German pair skaters looking for partners...