Canadian Pairs 2013/2014 - News and updates

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Cant Skate, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. kalamalka

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    I just hope that SC gets them to an international ASAP so that they have the opportunity to show their stuff (and can get other assignments).
     
  2. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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    Duhamel/Radford, Lawrence/Swiegers, and Moore-Towers/Moscovitch are all guaranteed two GPs from their results at Worlds; I assume D/R will be invited to SC, like last year. L/S and Purdy/Marinaro were the other two host picks this season. L/S haven't committed to skating next season. Either way, she needs to heal her leg, and two later GP's might be better for her.

    Purdy/Marinaro will be guaranteed one from the Top 24 WS. (They were Top 24 SB last season, but this season are SB 37. The will have next year's GP minimum, if the formula remains the same.) Tran doesn't have a new partner yet, and if he's continuing, might not be ready for Skate Canada. He doesn't get to use his results with Takahashi to get "Split Couple" status.

    It's not like Skate Canada has a ton of Pairs from which to select for SC. I hope they give G/D a shot at it, and either USIFSC or one of the early Fall Senior B's as a warm-up.
     
  4. Sylvia

    Sylvia Bring on the JGP & Sr B comps!

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    2014 Canadian Junior silver medalists Julianne S├ęguin/Charlie Bilodeau withdrew from Junior Worlds - are they still together and preparing for next season? He is 20 and could still be ISU Junior age-eligible next season if the maximum age rule stays the same as it is now.
     
  5. rosewood

    rosewood Wheeee! Wonder babies!

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    Hope Tran will find a good partner and slip into the third place before the next Olys.
     
  6. laceup

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    I really liked the look of Rau/Schultz and thought they were coming together nicely as a team. Having said that, I'm actually not surprised to see this since the girl simply cannot jump. She only fully rotated ONE 2 axel all season. Looking back all the others were << or <. She attempted a 3 sal at their sectionals but the report card show <3 -3 so not a good attempt there either. If you look at the top pair girls in our country Duhamel, MT and in Jr Grenier and Sequin, they all had their triples mastered well before they were Raus age. Sadly although she has many other talents and is the right size for pairs, unless she is a really late bloomer with her jumps, there isn't a real future for her. I don't see her getting her jumps while at the Wirtz camp either, so unless some talented boy can get her to move I don't think her other great qualities will carry her to the top.
    You asked where are all the young men? I'd say where are all the young ladies? Sad that this country has so few young ladies with triple jumps who are of pair size. The numbers keep dwindling :( You've got some really great boys out there, Tran & Schultz. Maybe Schultz/Purich could match up. Tran, I think he will have to look outside the country. How sad is that!
     
  7. shutterbug

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    Happy to hear this! :) They would have had to move up to senior domestically anyway since they won the junior pair event, so it makes sense for them to do this internationally too. More opportunities to compete. And they are definitely ready in terms of their elements. They may do quite well.

    ITA. Rau may be tiny, but she's already 15 years old. I can't see her ever getting a triple jump. Dylan Conway is another one whose jumps don't seem to be progressing. Her partner Dylan Sherriff-Clayton is actually a really nice pair skater, but at only 5'6" his options for partners are quite limited. I'd love to see him try skating with Purich, but he seems quite attached to Conway.

    Can someone provide me with a link to the Scott Russell interview with L/S? There's only one archived on the CBC website, and he doesn't ask them about their future plans.
     
  8. fstroll

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    I just don't see anyone really putting in the time to teach the jumps. Pair coaches seem to only focus on the pair elements rather than taking the time to master the jumps and make them more consistent. Most of the skaters who are maintaining their jumps are the ones who have already had a fairly successful singles career in previous years. Success doesn't come over night either as much as people strive for it.
     
  9. Lookin in

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    Actually, I think Purich and Schultz would look great together. Body type, colour, jumps.... But he needs to go to Montreal.
     
  10. skatingluver

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    I'd put Rau and Arcieri together. Keep them jr. I'd put Purich and Schultz together. The first team would do well on the jgp circuit. The second team would do well with a sr B to start. That leaves Tran out. Is he even wanting to continue? Can't think of a girl in Cda suitable for him.
     
  11. flowerpower

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    Is Andrea Poapst still skating? She's a Canadian, though she's been in the States for a while now. Skated pairs with Chris Knierim. She's quite an elegant skater IIRC.
     
  12. The Observer

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    I thought Purich & Tran's Life is Beautiful program was nice when I saw it at Nationals this year. They had a couple problems, but managed to finish a strong 4th behind L&S. I thought they had potential. But after reading the posts above, it seems like Purich was unhappy and wrote about it on Facebook, etc. I guess it shows how an audience can never tell how a pair will turn out.
     
  13. NorthernDancers

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    Yes, I'd agree with this. If Rau is only 15, then she could use the time to continue to develop and get some jumps. Maybe a change of venue to Montreal to Gauthier would help. She has good role models with MT/M now, but could learn other things from role models like D/R. In truth, I haven't been following pairs too closely this year, and Rau changed a lot physically. I didn't recognize her at Nationals. Maybe the answer is just a few extra years at Junior. And perhaps Purich and Schultz would be a good team. It would be kinda funny really. I remember Natasha skated with a Raymond Schultz. Natasha and Rob Schultz would be a good physical match, I think. As for Tran, maybe there is a strong singles skater at Junior or Senior, small in stature like a Duhamel, Moore-Towers, Rau, or Purich, who has always wanted to be a pairs skater.
     
  14. yfbg722

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    If Rau wants jumps she's going to need to move to another coach. The Wirtzs can't teach jumps. None of the girls who started young with them have them. KMT came with hers. When my DD skated there she attributed the triples she mastered to Moscovitch and Garnet Suidy as well as to repeatedly watching Yagudin's jumps on video, not to the Wirtzs at all.
     
  15. scs

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    Read an article in a local paper this week about their club's upcoming end of season show at their new rink in Komoka. Michael talked about preparing for next season. No suggestion of the two of them not skating. The photo of them reminded me of what a beautiful couple they are. I hope they can settle into the senior ranks and grow as a team.
     
  16. Habs

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    Not true - AFAIK, Purich was always focused on singles. One of her coaches had her try pairs and she did both for awhile but was mostly interested in singles. Only after some good success did she opt for pairs (and somewhat begrudgingly).
     
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    Don't ask me how I know, but last I heard was after the Olympics that Rudi said they were going to continue. That may have changed since then though.
     
  18. flowerpower

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    ^ Interesting, I thought in previous years' interviews they'd suggested that their target was Sochi, after which they'd retire. It would be great if they stayed in. Not sure how they can solve their consistency issues, though.
     
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    I think L/S's target was Sochi and that if they missed making the team, they'd stop skating, but I don't remember them saying it was a Sochi and done.
     
  20. puglover

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    They seem to have really struggled with injury these last few years - her concussion, then more injury this year. I would love to see them do at least one more year if they are healthy and injury free. It is hard to skate your best when you can't put the training in.
     
  21. Daniskates93

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    Trennt Michaud (medaled in novice with Judith Murtha-Anderson in 2013) has paired up with Hope McLean and they're training with Mike and Margaret/ Scott & Ali at the London Competitive Skating Centre (formerly the Competitive Skating Centre of Strathroy).
     
  22. The Observer

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    When I saw Paige & Rudi interviewed on CBC by Scott Russell in Japan last week they didn't confirm definitely one way or another what they were doing. Didn't say they were continuing or retiring. Perhaps they need some time in the off-season to asses her injury and determine the best option for them.
     
  23. Cant Skate

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    Any current stats on these two?
     
  24. NorthernDancers

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    I should have said this more clearly.....what I was trying to say was that someone needs to look in the singles ranks for someone small in stature like Purich, MT, Duhamel and Rau. And maybe there is someone, in addition to being small, who also always wanted to be a pairs skater. I know in the dance side of things there are lots of girls who would love to do ice dance, but there are not enough boys, nevermind suitable boys. So they skate singles while they wait and look.
     
  25. yfbg722

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    :sekret: tell me Sebastian Arcieri will be skating with Shalena Rau in Waterloo with the Wirtzes. Shame because I had hoped perhaps she would break away from that school and really achieve all she's capable of. Joining Gauthier's camp would have been an awesome opportunity for her though she is still pretty young to leave home. I've also heard that Rob Schultz will be skating with Natasha Purich and that they are likely to train in Montreal. No confirmation of that rumour though.
     
  26. blue_idealist

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    I wonder what Mervin Tran is doing.. could he be retiring?!
     
  27. yfbg722

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    Last I heard he was on ice but I haven't heard anything about possible partners. Sorry :(
     
  28. The Observer

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    It's too bad that Purich & Tran decided to end their partnership after only one season. Finishing 4th at your first Nationals as a team is pretty good.

    Considering he's a former World medalist, it will come as a surprise to skating fans if he's the one who ends up without a partner or retires.

    Btw, here's Mervin's Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/skate_moivo
     
  29. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    So the new teams are:

    Rau & Arcieri

    Purich & Schultz


    Hope it works out for Tran to find a suitable partner. I can't think of anyone that is partnerless that he would fit with though.
     
  30. skatingluver

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    If these teams have really formed in excited for them. Rau/Arcieri would do well at jr and would give a year to see if her jumps can develop further. Purich/Schultz would look great together and should have 2 strong triples. We need a team with good jumps developing for the future pairs in Canada. Not sure what to say about Tran. Sadly not sure there are any cdn girls for him.