two german junior skaters have retired. matti landgraf (pairs) and alexander schoepke (men). statement of schoepke: https://www.facebook.com/AlexanderSchopke in short: finished schools, life has to go on, decision against sport and for studying., thanks to everyone involved in his 14years of skating. matti landgraf: statement was really short: stopped competitive skating. maybe it's for a while, maybe it's forever... just wanna say thank u for this amazing journey! figure skating...still my big love --- especially for landgraf i am really sad, he seems to be very promising, hoped his new partnership would work out unfortunately now he is part of an ice show on a cruise ship, btw. any words on status of katharina gierok and julia pfrengle?