Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by Sylvia, May 4, 2012.
Then there's the fact that she already has a partner.
A partner who has been injured with a "rib injury". Is Joshua back on the ice or can Rockne practice with Caitlin in the mean time in Canton? (Caitlin is 5'3" and Rockne is more or less 5'9"..so no, that is not an ideal match)
The news was when Brubaker was doing the Ice Desk thing, and they were covering S.T.A.R.S. Challenge, the fitness assessment program USFSA has started
Vincent Zhou had had the highest assessment, and was being interviewed about the program. Somehow, Rockne ended up in a pushups contest with Vincent. Rockne bailed after 10 pushups-and he was definitely struggling a bit, though I think he could have gone further, if he had really tried--but bottom line is, I suspect the boy needs to go back to the gym before he goes back to skating pairs.
WHAT? 10? Only 10? Now, I can't do a single push up, but my out of shape (formerly Air Force) husband can still hit 60 (with struggle in the last 10). You would think a top pairs skater would have way better upper body strength. And Vincent Zhou is tiny- I wouldn't think he would have excellent pushup ability, though I bet his agility helped with his STARS score. Go Vincent!
How do we know that Rockne didn't let young Vincent Zhou win?
I'd let him win closer to 50 or 100... DORISPULASKI said Rockne bailed at 10 and he was 'struggling', so unless it is reported that Zhou was struggling at that point, it doesn't seem like a let him win.
^^^ I watched that segment and it's possible Rockne was faking "struggling."
As long as Davis/Ladwig stay listed as first alternates to 4CC and third alternates for Worlds, they are not considered "officially split," from what I understand.
I sure hope so, because 10 in pathetic! Do hope he finds a partner and he returns with superior upper body strength intact.
I, too, thought his pushups looked weak in that video. I thought he did a few more than 10, but they looked somewhat strained. Kind of weird, even if he was letting Vincent win.
: Middleton/Hennings had such possibilities
Just go ahead and stick a fork in my heart and tell me Divette and Utah are breaking up.
Agreed^^ I really thought that team had huge potential!!
No don't even think this.
Really sad to hear about this breakup!
I heard that Elise might have a tryout in California LA
I forgot to mention earlier that Colin Grafton is still listed on IPS but hasn't updated his profile since November 2012 so I don't know if he is currently looking.
This should be an interesting interview...
Elise is certainly a lovely skater with gorgeous lines, and seemingly mature artistically for her age. How tall is she, btw?
Elise Middleton is 5'0" according to her IPS profile:
I think Elise needs a stronger and taller partner and also a guy that can jump and won't drop her like what happen in practice and in the program I heard that she got dropped doing a lift on ice over summer and broke her front teeth
^^ It was my observation as well that Elise (although she and Hennings looked good together) appears to need a taller and a stronger partner, and also someone who might better match her graceful lines and maturity. Hennings looks to be a very good skater, and I'm sure that if he's still interested in skating he will improve with more maturity, dedication, and strength training.
Tarah Kayne/Daniel O'Shea (7th at Nationals) and Kiri Baga/Taylor Toth (8th) are on the entry list for the Challenge Cup in The Hague, Netherlands (Feb. 21-24) - see event thread started in the Kiss and Cry forum. DeeDee Leng/Timothy LeDuc (9th) are listed as substitutes. Good to see 2 of these new pairs getting a chance to compete internationally so soon after Nationals! This will be the international debut for Kayne, and also for O'Shea at the senior level (he previously competed at one JGP in singles).
I really do hope that Leng and LeDuc get an international in the fall, if not sooner. Once she has built up stamina, I think that this team could be as good as Ina/Zimmerman. They have a similar 'feel' to them in my opinion. Talk about a huge transition-- DeeDee was so unpolished when she won juniors, and now to see the beautiful well-packaged pairs lady that she has become-- nothing short of miraculous!
Totally agree. They have an insane amount of potential. And they can jump!
I am very excited about Leng/Le Duc and quite a few other pairs! I'm very excited to see how K/O and B/T fare at their first international.
I love that the USFS is giving some of these kids an opportunity so soon after nationals as well. So many new young teams with potential at Nationals this season, lets hope this support from the fed and getting some international events helps motivate them to stay together.
I think there are some good boys in California that have done pairs before that Elise could partner up with there was one boy on IPS from Los Angeles California but I don't know what happened to him he is not on IPS anymore.
I really hope that Davis/Ladwig splitting isn't true. I thought they have really improved and done well at Nationals for a team who've been skating such a short time together.
They have known each other for years so they talk when they meet at various skating events. What is there to discuss?