Potential new partners for Rockne

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  1. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

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    I know, I just don't think she has great technique on the twist that would make it easy to turn into a triple. I don't know if she has her 2A yet. They did 2F and 2Lz in Novice last season, but it's possible she may have more than that.

    She lists herself at 5'4" on icepartnersearch so this is all a moot point anyway.
  2. DORISPULASKI

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    They're both great pairs skaters, but it might not be that great a match, even in theory.

    Does Rena have a reliable 3S? She did land one in 1994 nationals. She fell on it a 1997 nationals. The 3T and 2A and the 3Lz were her best & most reliable jumps.

    And it's not clear how much of I&B's problems with the triple twist are due to her rather than to him. She and her previous partner Tomoaki Koyama only did the double twist. They might not have that great a twist as a result.

    Plus she does the throw triple axel and he doesn't, and he can do the throw flip/lutz and she doesn't.

    OTOH, then she'd be going to the 2014 Olympics with her third different partner, and has gone to Olympics once as a singles skater so that'd be quite a record.
  3. Ziggy

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    Yes to that! :swoon:
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    Another comeback for Tiffany Steigler? :glamor:
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    lol, I was thinking 'let's hope Rockne will find his next partner in the same condition that Craig found Meagan'. He searched, searched, tried, .. and found her. :)
  6. orbitz

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    Rena doesn't do the throw 3A on her own, and Rockne doesn't do the throw flip/lutz on his own. Those are moves they can learn together if they come together as a pair.
  7. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    McLaughlin/Brubaker never attempted throw 3F or 3Lz in competition, did they? I recall them doing throw 3S and 3Lo (with great distance and flow out when successfully completed).

    I remember Inoue/Baldwin trying sbs 3Lz at their first Nationals in 2001.
  8. manleywoman

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    I was kidding actually, but it is an interesting breakdown you've written!
  9. LilJen

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    He's got his triples but is inconsistent. Anyway, both guys seem to have a similar problem--smallish for pairs (Drew is taller than Rockne but very slightly built rather than truck driver-esque), lovely lines, kind of dreamy looking. . .

    manleywoman, I thought Rena would be good for Drew. She might help his inconsistency on jumping because she's so dependable. Then again that didn't work for John "triple toe? what's that?" Baldwin. . .
  10. blue_idealist

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    Has Anais Morand found another partner yet? I know that's a stretch with her being from Switzerland..
  11. pinky166

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    I wonder if Ashley Cain would ever switch to skate with Rockne, she's 16 and just won the novice title with Joshua Reagan, she has a lot of nice qualities and where Rockne has a lot of experience and good results, the partnership could work. She looks kinda tall though, but very thin.
  12. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    Ashley Cain's listed height in her USFS bio is 5'4" and she will turn 15 later this month.
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    Oh ok, so she's very young, and tall for pairs already, and likely to grow another inch or two before she stops. Nevermind then. I really like her skating though, she is so elegant on the ice :)
  14. stjeaskategym

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    She's thin, but prepubescent at 14 yrs old. 5'4" is just too tall. If she ends up not being able to handle the higher level pair elements, she can concentrate on singles since she has done pretty well there too.... I think she was 2nd in novice last season.
  15. genevieve

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    Don't forget that everytime John does land a triple, Rena has problems(possibly in surprise).
  16. Ziggy

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    She has found a partner straight away, never had to search IIRC. She's skating with Ilja Glebov.

    She's just so shocked, her focus goes totally out of the window. :D
  17. pinky166

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    I wonder, would Felicia Zhang ever leave Taylor for Rockne? I found her very impressive this past nationals and she has solid jumps from her singles experience. She's also only 5' and thin so she would be the perfect size for someone smaller like Rockne. She is very promising and pairing up with someone like Rockne could help jumpstart her pairs career...
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    I like Felicia and Taylor as a team. They've done well together for the short time they've been partnered, I would hate to see them break up.
  19. Polymer Bob

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    I remember last year, a poster reported that skaters had asked Katy Taylor to skate pairs. She totally refused.
  20. hippychick

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    I really hope that when Rockne goes partner searching it is not at the detriment of some other established pair team. We need to be supporting teams and encouraging them to stay together, not encouraging them the break up because someone "better" comes along. Rockne is extremely talented and I am sure he will have no problem finding another partner, however he is not the only talented pair guy out there, there are several other very talented pair guys out there and Taylor is one of them. I actually think that this season is going to be very exciting without Keauna and Rockne (as much as I will miss them). It will be very interesting to see which teams rise to the top.
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  21. Sylvia

    Sylvia Whee, summer club comps!

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    "She totally refused" is inaccurate. I know that Taylor was considering trying pairs at one point.

    I'm not sure who you mean by "we" in your post, but the simple truth is that some pairs do break up when an opportunity to skate with someone "better" comes along. If pair partners do not have trust and belief in each other, then all the encouragement in the world is not going to make them stay together, let alone have long-term success as a team.
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  22. stjeaskategym

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    I was under the impression that Taylor and Felicia really enjoy their partnership... Unless Taylor was a problem and the team was on the rocks, I think it would be kind of mean to leave him now in hopes of the grass being greener. I think there would be several reasons why they may want to stay together, one being that they both live in the same area, so training together is quite convenient. And Felicia is apparently also very much into singles skating, so her training location allows her to adequately do both while balancing it around her school schedule. I'm figuring Rockne's going to want someone who's fully committed to pairs anyway. Balancing pairs and singles can work out fine for a while, but if you really want to take the next step, it seems better to focus on one or the other.
  23. cruisin

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    I don't remember Blake doing pairs. I thought she did dance. Maybe she did both?
  24. Sylvia

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    So am I. I was speaking generally in the post you quoted above. :)

    Blake started pairs last season (with Mac Kern) and they placed 5th in Junior at Eastern Sectionals.
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    Yes, she did both (pairs more recently with Mac Kern).
  26. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

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    Oh, I know. I probably shouldn't have replied to your quote... I knew you were speaking generally. :)
  27. Twilight1

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    Rockne and Maria :swoon: They would actually make me interested in pairs skating!!
  28. haribobo

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    Butyrskaya? :confused::p
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    :rofl: Mukhortova ;)
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    :rofl: Great idea!!!
  31. cruisin

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    Thank you both :)
  32. haribobo

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    Ohhh, Moody Maria. OK. :) She's never the first Maria I think of. I suppose that makes more sense than Bute. Poor Blanchard- he just got her and everyone is already trying to pawn her off to someone else. :eek:
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    Has anyone mentioned Kyoko Ina, assuming she still eligible? She traded up from what his name to John Z, so why not go up to an even better pair skater and equal in the looks department with Rockne ?
  34. mkats

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    Aww, that's too bad that she never did. I loved Katy's skating and was :fragile: about the way her career ended.
  35. geoskate

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    No!!!!! Eric Radford has finally found a partner that is his technical equal. You leave them alone! Don't even mention her name!

    :)

    Well, OK, I know you weren't serious, and I agree with you about both having a very energetic style. That's one of the reasons I enjoy watching Rockne. I don't have any suggestions for a new partner for him, however.
  36. chipso1

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    Isn't she a little...errr...old...at this point? She'll be 38 this October. :shuffle:
  37. haribobo

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    Yes, Kyoko Ina! If not her, maybe Jamie Sale, Shelby Lyons, or Irina Rodnina! :lol:
  38. Ziggy

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    Ludmila Protopopov. :glamor:
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    Amanda Dobbs!!! She's young, she's fit, she can certainly jump, she's doing both single skating and pair skating and she's based in SoCal! She'll be a great partner for Rockne!
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    No breaking up Dobbs and Jacobsen!:lynch:
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