Status of US Pairs This Season

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  1. madm

    madm Active Member

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    I saw Drew Meekins in the stands today at Intercollegiate Nationals in Colorado Springs, and he says his shoulder surgery is healing well and he can now lift his arms fully above his head. He is back on the ice training his jumps, but it may be a while before he tries to lift anyone. He says it would be great to get back to doing pairs with a shoulder that works properly! We can only hope ...
     
  2. icelover

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    Well, wherever they do train, here's hoping they have a good season! I thought Anna was from Northern CA.
     
  3. MacMadame

    MacMadame Internet Beyotch

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    She is. I got to watch her skating for a number of years and she was always a favorite.
     
  4. manleywoman

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    I was on the ice today with Taylor Toth and Kiri Baga. They were working on several pairs moves. They looked great!
     
  5. johndockley92

    johndockley92 New Member

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    Yeah that's probably the last place they'd train. I think they're either going to be in NJ with him or in Southern California with Todd and Jeni
     
  6. Lizziebeth

    Lizziebeth the real Lizziebeth

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    Great news - looking forward to seeing what they can do.
     
  7. Rochelle

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    Nick Anderson had broken his foot off-ice in the off season of 2009 following their Novice National Championship win -- and wasn't even jumping in August 2009 when they took their junior pairs test (he landed the SBS jump in the test, hail-mary style). They gave it a shot at Mids 2009, but came in 5th. It didn't look certain his foot was going to make a full recovery.
     
  8. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Despite his injury, I'm glad Cassie Andrews/Nick Anderson were able to experience their one and only JGP together in the fall of 2009 (they finished 13th in Dresden, Germany).

    News I am happy to see -- the return of a National Pairs Camp! It's scheduled for June 9-10, 2012 at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana (registration deadline is May 15): http://www.usfsa.org/Athletes.asp?id=516
     
  9. barbk

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    Nice that they're having a pairs camp, but wow, that sure isn't much notice. (And are most schools out by June 9/10? They are in our area, but I know they run later in quite a few other states.)
     
  10. LilJen

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    YES!! I am bummed that I'll be out of town that weekend (and no, I can't afford to change things, having spent $1800 on plane tickets :eek:), because I'd love to be a fly on the wall at that camp. . . surely they'll need volunteer assistance???:D
     
  11. aftershocks

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    U.S. Figure Skating must be excited by the new pairings and overall promising potential of many of the U.S. pairs teams. The mock humorous book title suggestion from Trash Can thread may not be too far off the mark ...

    Well, we can dream a little.
     
  12. johndockley92

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    Unofficial, old news, but saw that it hadn't really been brought up yet: Poapst/ Knierim are no longer together.
     
  13. Sylvia

    Sylvia On to GP & U.S. Sectionals!

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    Andrea Poapst/Chris Knierim weren't included in the International Selection Pool list that was published on the USFS site yesterday (refer to this thread), so their split is "official" even though they are still listed in the 2011-12 Team C envelope online.
     
  14. johndockley92

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    ^^ Oh okay. Well I've heard about possibly Scimeca/ Knierim ! Could be a good partnering. She has Caydee Denney potential imo.
     
  15. ~tapdancer~

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    I really liked Poapst/Knierim, sad to see them split. I have no idea of Andrea's plans but the thought crossed my mind that she'd make a lovely partner for Mark Ladwig.
     
  16. Rochelle

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    Do we know what this means for Andrea Poapst's future? Is she still searching for a partner (listed on ice partner search, etc.)? Back to Canada for pairs or singles? Done skating? Or undecided? Injured?

    I really enjoy her presence on the ice...
     
  17. stjeaskategym

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    To me, the return of National Pairs Camp is more like, "Hey, pairs still exists in this country, we swear!" :lol:

    I mean, all these splits and other disappearances every year are usually understandable, but it's still comical to see 6 Sr pairs left from Nationals. The only thing left to do is try to encourage development of more pairs at all levels, but it really is a complicated/unstable/crazy discipline isn't it.
     
  18. carriemarie

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    I can say with 100% certainty that Mark Ladwig and Lindsay Davis have officially paired up. Tryout was last week and now they are skating together. Look for an official announcement soon.
     
  19. julieann

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    She is so tiny, they might look very nice together and if I remember she lands her jumps nicely! :D Hopefully we will hear soon.
     
  20. olympic

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    Really? I always thought of Themi as the stronger jumper of the pair. Then again, I do remember them going for SBS 3loops and being marginally successful.

    If they announce they are a pair, will they be eligible for competitions this coming season???
     
  21. 2sk8

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    I had the same thought - and I wouldn't really say she's "tiny", just short. Still, this pairing was a logical choice for them both.
     
  22. olympic

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    Is Lindsay shorter than Amanda?
     
  23. julieann

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    I don't remember her falling a lot :confused:

    I though she was around 5 feet, I should have said short not tiny, to me that's tiny. :D
     
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  25. carriemarie

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    She is a good jumper. She is about the same height as Amanda, but weighs (in my estimation at least seven pounds more). I am thinking they will do sbs sals because Mark can land one. Remember for a few seasons E/L tried it without much success on Amanda's part? They intend to and are eligible to compete this year. It's the plan....I like them both, so best of luck to them. I think one of the most determining factors is that she was willing to relocate to Florida, has a previous relationship with Peterson and co, and is close enough to Amanda's size. Obviously, Mark wasn't going to uproot his family and relocate. It has to be a tough adjustment for Mark to skate with someone new after ten years.
     
  26. 2sk8

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    Yes, they are about the same height, both under 5', but Amanda is a "slighter", different body build. I'm sure Mark will adjust quickly- he's a real "pro". It will be interesting to see what they do with the jumps and how consistent they really are now as I've observed some recent inconsistency with Lindsay. I'm sure Lyndon will get them in great shape! It's a great opportunity for both of them-
     
  27. Jayar

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    IIRC, Lindsay is 4'10".
     
  28. aemeraldrainc

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    OMG!
    I've been waiting for an announcement of a new partner for Mark L.!!
    I'm very excited for them! Can't wait to see them.
     
  29. carriemarie

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    I believe that is correct. But she is certainly not as 'slight' as Amanda so it make take a bit of time to adjust. I admire the Florida (and Colorado, obviously) programs of training and I hope they are successful. Pairs should be very interesting this year with all these new partnerships. I am excited to see the new teams of O'shea/Kayne and Regan/Yanakowskas plus the improvement of Zhang/Bartholomey and Donlan/Speroff.
     
  30. shan

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    So surviving the season we currently have:
    Denney/Coughlin
    Marley/Brubaker
    Donlan Speroff
    Castelli/Shnapir
    Zhang/Bartholomay
    Vise/Baldwin

    And confirmed new partnerships:
    Yankowskas/Reagan
    Davis/Ladwig

    and unconfirmed possibilities. Who did I leave out (I don't even know who's moving from Jr. to Sr.)