Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by halfloopy, Jan 7, 2012.
I have a lot of respect for them. I really hope they win nationals this month.
(But why is the article dated June 6?)
Very sweet people. Love what Mark said about the "pair community".
There are a number of pair teams that I really like and seem like nice people, but I have a lot of appreciation for Mark and Amanda. They're always so friendly and just quietly go about working to improve their skills each year. Their lifts are really impressive and I admire the dedication they've shown to the sport and the fans over the years.
They're my favorite US pairs team. They seem so genuine. I sat by Mark's family at the Olympics and they were wonderful. I hope they win gold or silver.
Love them. They have been my favorite US pairs' team since we first saw them @ 2005 Skate America. I hope they become US Champions!
I am "friends" with Amanda on Facebook. She is so articulate, thoughtful, smart, well-rounded, I could go on forever. I love her posts!
Read the article. They seem to have put an emphasis on keeping things the way they are, technically speaking. It's great that they got feedback from Christy Krall on the SBS jumps too which IMO is their weak link [well, Amanda's anyway]. I think if they go clean on their programs, they can score nice and high
I agree; they seem to have made a breakthrough this season in terms of their PCS scoring. In the past, even with relatively clean performances, they could only finish so high with PCS barely in the 6's. Those really went up this season. (ie, relative to their peer teams, even keeping in mind the general elevation in PCS scoring across all skating this year).
I hope they win US Nationals ... they really are the nicest people
They are truly two of the nicest, most genuine people you could ever meet! One of my favorite Mark moments was at Nationals a couple of years ago, he noticed I'd changed the color of my hair. I only see him once or twice a year, and it wasn't even a drastic change.
They are always so friendly and gracious, and it would be an absolute thrill to see them win their first national title. HeatherC and I would be a blubbering mess!
Met them in the autograph line at last year's Nationals. Amanda is a total sweetie! She asked me where I was from, how I got interested in skating, and if I'm enjoying myself. And Mark was no slouch in the niceness department either.
I'd love to see them finally get that National title!
They were guest skaters in our club show the year before the Olympics. Before the show they did an impromptu death spiral clinic with the 3 pairs from our area, just because they were there.
Amanda was quieter, but both she and Mark made sure to talk with all the skaters, and Mark really goofed around with everyone.
I'm fans of theirs for sure- just because they are such great people.
If my blubbering mess from Spokane when they made the Olympic team is any indication, I should probably be wearing either none or highly waterproof mascara because it will get a MASSIVE workout if they win in San Jose, LOL
I don't have enough words for how wonderful these two people have been, not only to me but to so many other fans, for all these years. I consider them friends and I also consider it a privilege to watch them skate every year. They have worked SO hard for SO many years to get to this point and I very badly want them to win that national title this year. I know they can do it!
Yeah, I know I sound way cheesy but hey, I'm an uber, let me have my random cheesy moment as we lead up to US Nats, LOL
You were not the only "blubbering mess" I cried too... and Amanda's "interivew" with NBC lives on as one of the "best" ever. (For those who didn't see it, she was crying too hard to really talk!)
I really hope this is the year for them.. They are a class act and that's not always true in the "pair" events
I hope they get the National Title, I really appreciate how they keep improving and are a team, unlike so many other pairs. Sort of the slow and steady improvement that to me is very impressive.
I just got my copy of this year's Figure Skating Calendar the other day and Mark and Amanda are in it. The one main picture, is of their one handed lift that's not the one handed star lift. I hope that explains the one I mean. Anyway...
I got home yesterday and after a bit of downtime, brought it and the Day Planner Family Calendar book upstairs to put in the various upcoming appts on/in the both of them. After that had been done, I asked Mom if she wanted to look at the FS one before I brought it back down here to hang on my Entertainment console. She didn't say much about the pictures, until she got to Mark and Amanda's and...
I nearly hit the floor laughing at her.
I've enjoyed them for many years and I'll join the growing chorus of hoping this is their years at US Nationals.
Oh and Heather...Might I suggest you bring along waterproof clothing to the Sr Pairs events? Just in case of course.
Add me to one who will be overjoyed if they win the title this year! They so deserve it. Beautiful team and two very nice people.
I'll try to remember and pack a rain poncho, LOL
Cheeze away, my friend, cheeze away I hope they win, too. I really admire how they have stuck to it and have been patient and dedicated enough to develop so much as a pair, rather than having the all too common pair attitude of "we aren't winning fast enough so I'm dumping you"
I want them to win Nationals and then be the highest placing pairs team at Worlds with the best performances of their careers and be given the scores they deserve and then they can retire!
No. No. They are both still healthy and their components are improving. I hope they can take the title and bring their components up even more in the next two season. They should try to go till '14.
Yes, we need E/L to continue onto Sochi '14. No retirements please!
In my fantasy world, they compete towards Sochi and upgrade the difficulty of the SBS jumps
I am one BIG FAN OF EVORA AND LADWIG TOO... (as Heather knows from my Cup of China Report this year) ... to me, they performances in the 2009 - 2010 really embodied the Olympic spirit!!!
Their programmes this year are so beautiful. How wonderful it would be if they finally manage to capture the national title. I know the SBS jumps can be a problem (especially for Amanda) ... but actually, she landed one triple toe in TEB, and the double axel wasnt that bad in COC ... so, all in all, I am not overly worried about them
I agree. I would LOVE to meet Amanda and Mark. Get their autograghs...and spend a whole DAY with them!!!
New article: Popular Evora and Ladwig have golden chance
It sounds like they are doing all they can to get those SBS 3toes under control.
Also, interesting choice in Judy Blumberg for FW and other PCS issues. I never thought of Judy as an exemplar for posture, stroking, etc. [not that I disagree. I just don't remember them too much]. I guess I'll have to go back and look at old videos of Blumberg and Seibert.
I sure would love to see Amanda and Mark win Gold sometime. I'm surprised that they never have!!! As there soooooooo good!!! Say,has anyone here ever MET Amanda and Mark? I was just wondering how they react to their Fans. Say,btw. does anyone happen to Know Amanda's Sister's name? I'm just wondering who she is,as there's not too much mention of her in the Skating World. I was wondering what we know of her? Say,also,I was always corious about what Amanda's Middle name is. Does anyone know if it's ever mentioned? Thanks.
First off, as always thanks Sylvia for the article link. Second, it certainly does sound that they're doing everything needed to try and improve on everything they can in order to take that next level.
Third...Oh olympic, what a horrible thing that will be. Need company?
I better not, actually. The bronze medal situation in Sarajevo made me