Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by jkl, Mar 19, 2013.
Well I guess that answers that question.
Did she delete her twitter? I went to see if she had written anything and her account appears to be gone
Who's available? Mark Ladwig is the only one if she thinks short-term for Sochi.
She hasn't skated internationally in a while, so a foreign partnership would be a lil bit more realistic now. I doubt the US releases her though.
Rotten luck for her these past years..
What about Speroff?? I know it means splitting an active pair but I doubt Gretchen is gonna get her jumps together any time soon.
What a shame .. she's so talented.
She had sounded so optimistic and upbeat in her interview with Jenny Kirk not long ago. What a shame! Anyone know what happened?
Is there are an article or something?
Chin up Caitlin!
Uh. . . so much for The Skating Lesson's interview with Aunt Joyce and Jenny Kirk :
Don't they have to after a certain amount of time?
Why are people surprised given that partnership has never taken off?
But, if USFS refuses - and the wait period is already met - that leaves a petition to the ISU council for an exception, right? Has that ever succeeded in a similar case?
Darn it. Not too surprised, though. Get this gal a good partner, pronto!
LOL. I actually think they used to date several years ago. Anyways Speroff seems pretty dedicated to Donlan.
Best of Luck to Caitlin in her partner search.
Speroff is 5'10" and Caitlin is much taller than Gretchen. Not an ideal match size-wise, but a perfect match style-wise. She obviously knows the skating club of Boston pair skaters.
Speroff seems to have his own issues with jumps, and I don't see how starting a brand new partnership would change this. IMO, D&S would be far better off doubling down, adding a jump coach, and retooling their own approach to training, rather than splitting and rolling the dice with new partners. They are very well-matched as a team, but they have some technical issues they need to overcome.
What is the process of being released? What does that even mean? I assume to means she can skate for another country?
Best of luck to her finding a new partner and making it work this time around. I still think she's one of the most complete pair girls to come out of the US in the past 10 years or so. It would be nice if she could get another chance to compete internationally.
Shen and Zhao were 5'3" and 5'9". Not comparing these two to S/Z, but just making note that not all successful pairs have to be gorilla and flea types. Caitlin is 5'3", however she has a very slight build.
Good luck to Caitlin...it would be a shame for a talent like her not not find the right partner
Now she can't catch a break! It's too bad. There is no female pair skater more talented now In any way that can possibly be bought of.
How about Colin Grafton?
Dang! I was hoping this rumor was false but I guess Joshua was not The One. Stay strong, Caitlin!
From what I hear, Josh has been skating with Andrea Poapst
Isn't Ladwig already skating with someone?
Caitlyn is the most talented pairs skater in the USA. It's a shame that she cannot find a partner. May be she should try another country. That kind of talent should not be wasted.
Ladwig was skating with Lindsey Davis, but they split, and she's paired with Rockne Brubaker.
Don't date your pair partner! Almost never can your partnership survive your breakup!
I actually did some research on this.... partnerships don't survive very long in the US period even if the partners aren't dating for all we know it stayed together longer because they were dating. I can think of Olympians that have done pairs/dance even gotten married and then divorced but remained skating partners because they were successful so that is really the key. Are you successful? are you making money together professionally? or not? determines the life of a team. Not whether or not you are dating?
Once US teams learn that to achieve that success it takes at least 3-4 years then maybe we will get somewhere?
This skating partnership never got off the ground it was bound to happen and maybe remained a professional partnership longer because they were dating...who knows?
Anyway it is sad. Best to her and him. If he is trying out with Popst best wishes to him and her as well. I heard on other forums Popst tried out with Tran and instead of the tryout being a week it lasted a day and she was sent home. Not sure if that is true but maybe things happen for a reason.
Lets hope Caitlin's true prince happens for her soon too.
How very sad Tran is too short. Sigh. What a beautiful team that would make. Sigh.
Any ideas WHY this didn't work out?
I wish we'd at least have gotten to see them compete once.
So glad to here This. Andrea and Joshua would make a great pairing. She is a beautifull skater.
Only problem is she is Canadian and he is American so high level Oly competing is a problem right? Unless he is going to try to gain dual citizenship or maybe he has that already does anyone know?
They would be beautiful together.
Colin may be tall enough, but I don't think he looks like he would be strong enough.
I think Speroff would be strong and tall enough, his last partner Brittany Chase was at least 5'3. I also think he would be pushed more to get his jumps consistent but I don't think he would ever leave Donlan. I remember reading an article prior to Nationals where he was quoted as saying that Donlan would be his last partner. Since I love D/S I am happy that he doesn't seem inclined to change partners and will work through their issues, although I think he and Yankowskas would look fabulous together.
So, what about Mark Ladwig, as mentioned previously? He is older, but this might be for only this one year for a wild shot at the Os, and they seem like a good physical match...
I am so bummed about this!
Hey, is Themi Leftheris available/eligible??
Can't think of anyone else (save Mark Ladwig) off the top of my head.
Sure hope we see Caitlyn skate again. Loved her posture and extension!
Get her a Russian skater ASAP!!!!
Obviously her goal should now be 2018 instead of Sochi. I'm sure we can get her some lonely starving-for-a-partner foreign skater.
I'm actually serious*
Didn't Brian Joubert say he wanted to try pairs after 2014?
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