^^Well apparently something clicked for Mervin and Marissa so they are both lucky. Like many here, I've enjoyed watching both of them perform on the ice, but never thought about the two of them partnering (perhaps because of different country affiliations). So glad there are so many more global partnering-up because it only enriches the sport and brings fs more into the present. The sport has always needed to learn how to gain inspiration and knowledge from the past and meld it into new and different approaches that invigorate and lend excitement and growth for the skating world today. Very interesting how the whole process of two people clicking or not clicking works. It's about more than physically matching up. Personalities, styles, rhythms as well as ability levels and personal goals are involved. Someone should write a book on the topic: To Pair or Not to Pair? Questions Asked and Answered or, Perks of Pairing Well, Despair of Split Decisions Seemingly Marissa has decided to make a break with Boston (and that can't have been an easy decision -- Carrie Wall was Marissa's coach prior to the teaming with Simon, after which Carrie and Bobbie Martin paired up to coach together). I wish all the new teams and staying together teams much success on the next stage of their journeys. I am very intrigued to see how things work out for Simon and Dee Dee (they seem to have made a fast and comfortable start), and especially for Marissa and Mervin. Also as well for Aliona and Bruno, and for Dylan and Lubov. Of course two of these new teams must sit out for awhile, but that could also work for them too. I hope we get unique and interesting choices in music and choreography with all these partner changes. Certainly there should be new influences, inspiration and excitement for the pairs discipline over the next quad.