Emily Samuelson and Evan Bates have ended their partnership

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  1. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    There are no direct quotes, but Jo-Ann Barnas mentions the news in this Detroit Free Press article:
    I expect the official USFS press release will be published soon.
  2. Spiralgraph

    Spiralgraph Active Member

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    Oh I thought this one was a rumor...

    What the heck is happening with dance and pairs in the USA?
  3. Mevrouw

    Mevrouw living every minute

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    And Canada and France
  4. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

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    Heard this one was coming down the pike and was really sad about it. Spoke to Evan's Mom at Nationals in January, who at that time was psyched for their return this coming season. Oh well....:(
  5. beepbeep

    beepbeep Resident Rude Brazilian

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    :wall:

    This off season is mental... and it's not even July yet.
  6. lmarie086

    lmarie086 Well-Known Member

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    WHAT.

    I won't lie and say that S/B were my favorites, but I was really looking forward to having them grow on me. They were an amazing team and I thought An American in Paris would've been pefect for them. This is so sad.

    I'd like this off season to be over now. I can't take much more of it.
  7. ProgramerUSFS

    ProgramerUSFS New Member

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    Wow, I really loved them. Thats to bad. Good luck to both.
  8. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

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    So basically I could pick up ice dancing or pairs this year and probably make at least alternate for the World team?
  9. reese

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    Madison Chock, Evan Bates, Emily Samuelson, Vanessa Crone, Paul Poirier, Keiffer Hubbell... mix and match!
  10. Coco

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    I don't understand why they are breaking up if they are looking for other partners. I figured their breakup could be attributed to not wanting to slide down below the Shibs. But with new partners, they'll be below the Shibs...forever. What's going on?
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  12. just wondering

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    I suspect Evan has already located his partner in his own backyard - Madison Chock. My heart goes out to Emily, who sat out last season preparing for their comeback. If only she had known to look for a partner then . . .
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  13. sk9tingfan

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    genevieve drinky typo pbp, closet hugger Staff Member

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  15. reese

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    With all the major splits this off-season-- Dube/Davison, Yankowskas/Coughlin, Crone/Poirier, Samuelson/Bates-- it seems that personal reasons (e.g. I can't stand you anymore!) are the driving force. Otherwise, it's hard to understand trading in Yankowskas for Denney or Samuelson for Chock. If one partner is retiring that's a different situation, but that doesn't seem to be the case with any of these 4 teams.
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  16. LilJen

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    whatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhatwhat??????

    This is officially the weirdest off-season ever.

    I wonder if he was all, "I'm NEVER skating again with an Achilles tendon slicer!!!"
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  17. Vash01

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    Another shocking end of a successful partnership.
  18. Fergus

    Fergus Well-Known Member

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    Ya know, this off-season is turning into a major bummer. :(
  19. Skittl1321

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    I'm sad to hear this rumor is true.

    Wonder if we will find out the details of the split...I do feel bad for Emily waiting out a season, but if splitting was her or an equal idea, then not as much.
  20. SamuraiK

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    Its really a shame that despite the Shibs all the up and comer teams with bright futures have split.
  21. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    Despite the Shibs? Or because of the Shibs?
  22. olifaunt

    olifaunt New Member

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    They're both looking for partners? I hope the split was amicable, otherwise I'd feel absolutely terrible for Emily in particular.
  23. Skate Talker

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    Probably meant except the Shibs....
  24. MarieM

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    I so hoped it would have been the shibs spliting. Sam/Bates, despite I don't like any of their programs, had much more interesting lines / edge work. SAD :(
  25. briancoogaert

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    Oh, I'm surprised and sad. I'm not fond of their programs, but they had nice qualities, and could have improved.
  26. Frau Muller

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    This is partly the result of "The Shib Factor." While Davis/White will be likely entrenched as the USA's #1 dance team through Sochi, it's the quick ascendancy on the Worlds scene of the Shibutanis (bronze medal at their first Worlds!) that has made the other top-5 or top-6 senior US dance teams re-evaluate whether or not they have the $$$ and the willpower to stay in the game through Sochi. Once the hope of being even the #2 dance team in your country is dashed, then it just becomes a very, very expensive hobby. I cannot blame Emily/Evan, Chock/Z, the Hubbells, etc. for pulling out of the game. Save your money and see the world in other ways.
  27. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller President of Dick Button Appreciation Club

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    Why? They are the World bronze medalists on their first try!
  28. skatemommy

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    Question...if no new partnerships materialize, what might the US podium look like?
  29. VIETgrlTerifa

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    I'm sorry that you're disappointed that the Shibs won the World bronze medal, but don't you think it's a bit uncalled for to hope that it was the Shibs that had been splitting instead of a team that you admit you didn't particularly like?
  30. oubik

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    Well, because in this part of the Atlantic Ocean we have different preferences in ice dancing, sorry guys. :hat1:
  31. VIETgrlTerifa

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    So you all have one opinion?
  32. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    I wonder if the Shibs shouldn't contract for personal security. At least if they skate in Europe.
  33. allezfred

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    Moscow is in Europe. They made it back just fine. ;)

    I do think the Shibutanis medalling at Worlds might be a factor in all these US teams splitting though.
  34. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    Doesn't mean they shouldn't be careful.
  35. ioana

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    I would say Emily and Evan had nice and even beautiful lines that were well-matched. The Shibs were the ones with 'interesting' lines earlier in their career -as in, there's no way they could ever make this work with such a height difference. To their credit, they worked on matching their extensions and she grew a bit which helped. I thought they looked quite good come Worlds.
  36. allezfred

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    Maybe get their costumes made out of Kevlar? :lol:
  37. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    Now you've got your thinking cap on!
  38. skatefan

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    Nope, I think the Shibutanis are fabulous - have done since the first time I saw them :)
  39. maggylyn

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    Most of these ice-dancers, if not all, have said they're looking for new partners.

    How does that save any money? It doesn't look like it was about money as much as just not wanting to skate with the current partners anymore. :(
  40. BlueRidge

    BlueRidge AYS's snark-sponge

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    Except for Chock & Zuerlein where he has retired from skating to pursue other things.