Wow, pairs is so shocking, one blow after another it seems. Rockne's partner bails on him after such a promising 2 years, complete with a National silver medal, then John Couglin sustains a serious hip injury (the kind that effectively ended the careers of Lipinski, Kwan, Yagudin, et al), and now the reigning World Bronze Medalists call it quits. What next!?! Seriously, what next... Btw, any male pair partner that's lucky enough to acquire Andrea Poapst is blessed indeed; she's exquisite! In fact, as soon as I heard that Rockne was left partnerless this past summer I suggested Andrea over on IN. Her "Swan Lake" program at Nationals this past year was magnificent, only topped (barely; tied even) by Gretchen Donlan's "Sleeping Beauty". Alas, I heard she's a tried & true Canadian, so no luck for Rockne, but Mervin should scoop her up pronto. Jmho. Anyhow, I enjoyed this partnership because they reminded me of D/S, and gave me great hope for pairs that excel in artistry/presentation/pcs.