Freestyle Skaters who were once Pairs Skaters

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  1. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

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    Say,I was wondering how may famous Freestyle Skaters we know of that of course started out as just that...then were Pairs Skaters..and NOW are back to Freestyle. I know Kristi Yamaguchi was indeed ONCE a Pairs Skater. BTW. are there any pic. of her doing Pairs? I thought I also read something about Melissa Bulanhagui doing Pairs. Does anyone know if this is true? Who else do we know who does Freestyle now..but was once a Pairs Skater?
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  3. nashvilledancer

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    Jeremy Abbott was a pair skater in his younger years, as well as an ice dancer. But I believe he always skated singles as well.
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    Rachael Flatt used to skate pairs with Andrew Speroff.
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    Rachael Flatt?!!!...Gee,does anyone know if there's any images on anything other then U-Tube (Google maybe) showing her doing Pairs? BTW. when was this? As Rachael seems really young.
  6. Sylvia

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    Rachael Flatt won the silver medal in Juvenile Pairs in 2003 and the Intermediate Pairs title in 2004 with Andrew Speroff. She stopped skating pairs when she was 12 years old in the 2004-05 season to focus on singles. I've searched online but haven't found any photos or video of Flatt/Speroff skating pairs.

    Melissa Bulanhagui has never competed in pairs, but performed with a friend once in a show for fun.

    ETA: FSWer, since you can't watch YouTube videos on your computer, here's one photo I found of Kristi Yamaguchi/Rudi Galindo doing a split twist lift at 1990 US Nationals (they won the 1989 and 1990 National pairs title together): http://figureskating.wikia.com/wiki/File:U96162508.jpg
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  7. ioana

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    Ryan Bradley skated novice pairs with Tiffany Vise for a few years in the late 90's as well. They went to Nationals for two years and then she paired up Larry Ibarra and Bradley focused on his singles career.
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    Kurt Browning was an ice dancer (that explains his fantastic footwork) before he turned to singles. I heard this from one of the commentators, eons ago.
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    Galina Maniachenko/Efremenko medalled at Junior Worlds in pairs but then was injured in a horrid accident and switched to singles.
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    I got to speak to Keegan Messing in San Jose while waiting for the shuttle bus. He introduced me to his former pairs partner. I had no idea he had ever skated pairs.
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    Good for him! He's definitely not that tall, but I don't think there are any overhead lifts in Intermediate pairs and below, so it would be doable. How tall was his partner -when they were competing together?
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    About his height. ;)
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    Some of the easier overhead lifts are allowed at intermediate level in the US (see http://usfigureskating.org/Content/201112PairsFSElementsPrejuv-Int.pdf), but not all teams at that level include lifts with full extension. They're not allowed at lower levels.
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    That's good to know. As long as they're not required, am sure they were able to find other ways to be competitive if his jumping ability is anything to go by.

    That's what he said :p.
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    Steven Evans was the Intermediate Pairs Silver Medalist at the 2008 US Jr Championships with Becky Du. He got 5th at southwesterns this season in Sr Men and was on the Jr Podium i believe last year
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    I just clicked on the link and just get a list of Skaters,etc. No photo. Rachael stopped when she was 12? When did she start,and what was she doing for moves? Where is Andrew Speroff now? How old was he? I surely hope we can find some pics of them. I'd love to see what Rachael wa like doing Pairs.
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    Andrew Speroff placed 4th at US nationals in Senior Pairs with Gretchen Donlan. I believe he is 23 years old.
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    When was he with Rachael? What level did they get up to? How old were they both then? Gee,I sure hope somebody can find a pic. of those 2 doing Pairs. I'd love to see Rachael skating Pairs with a Partner.
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    No, he's 23 now. He was in his early to mid teens when he skated with Rachael.
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    He skated pairs with Rachael from 2001-04, and they competed nationally up to the intermediate level. They were assigned to a North American Challenge Skate in the 04/05 season, but broke up before the competition
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    Johnny Weir competed in pair skating with Jodi Rudden on the juvenile and intermediate levels.
  23. Sylvia

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    Kudos for finding this photo, Nomad! :) I thought I had searched online pretty thoroughly!

    This link doesn't show you a photo of Kristi Yamaguchi & Rudy Galindo performing a split twist lift? http://figureskating.wikia.com/wiki/File:U96162508.jpg
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    Gee,what Pairs moves does Rachael have? BTW. I didn't see a photo on the page. Any other skaters we can think of?
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    Yuka Sato had a very successful amateur singles career, then skated pairs professionally with her husband Jason Dungjen, and now tours in shows as a singles skater.

    Michael Chau skated with Tracy Tanovich until two years ago, and now competes in singles. He is quite short and she outgrew him.
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    For the record, Andrew and Rachel trained with Broadmoor pair coaches Erik and Nicole Schulz, not Dalilah. After they split in Aug 2004, Rachel continued to do off-ice lifts with Erik for about a year to keep her skills up. She never went back to pair skating though. Andrew switched coaches to Dalilah in early 2005 when Nicole Schulz had their first child and was less available to coach. IIRC Andrew's next partners were Amanda Luchau and then Brittany Chase.
  28. Sylvia

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    I can't see a photo but my guess that it's probably either Speroff's current partner, Gretchen Donlan (they've been skating together since 2009-10) or one of his previous partners after Flatt (the 2 listed by madm above).
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    I forgot that Andrew skated with Arielle Avant for the 2005-2006 season (before Luchau and Chase). There's more about his history in http://figureskatersonline.piczo.com/?g=55798813&cr=6.
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    Thanks for the history on Andrew Speroff, madm, but he is competing in Pairs only now, just to be clear for FSWer. :)
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    FSWer Well-Known Member

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    I just clicked the link. But I don't see any pic. Just a website with links.
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    Does anyone know what Pairs moves Rachael was trained in? BTW. how old was Rachael when she started Pairs?
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    I saw Flatt/Speroff competing in Novice Pairs in a competition in the summer of 2004 (not long before they ended their partnership), and have a vague memory of them doing an overhead lift and maybe a throw double jump?

    The earliest pairs competition online result I could find for Flatt/Speroff was the Juvenile Pairs event at Regionals in October 2002, when she was 10 years old. So she likely started pairs when she was around 9.
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    COOL!!!! Can you please check and see if any photos of that Pairs event are still on-line?
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    Speroff and Flatt, who trained in Colorado with Tom Zakrajsek and Erik Schulz, were silver medalists in Juv pairs in 2003 (based on their USFS bios, Flatt would have been 10 yrs old at JNs in Dec 2002, and Speroff 14) , Int pair champions in 2004 and IIRC, won the Nov pair events at Liberty and Indy as Nov team before Speroff took time off for an injury to heal the remainder of the 04/05 season...and then paired up with serveral other partners prior Gretchen. They had been assigned to a NAC in Aug of 2004(competitions that no longer exist) which they w/d from due to Speroff's recovery from the injury. The team broke up later that autumn, and Flatt went on to win Nov ladies title in Jan 2005 at age 12. There might be video footage from 2004 Indy Challenge around somewhere...their last major competition as a pair team. Or even Liberty....those tapes lurk around in bookcases and drawers forever, LOL!

    Jeremy Abbott skated pairs (as well as dance) for a number of years at the lower levels as well (Juv and Int IIRC).
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