Yankowskas and Coughlin Announce End of Partnership

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  1. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    Ohhh... FUUUUUDGE
    Only I didn't say fudge...
    :fragile:
     
  2. Moka-Ananas

    Moka-Ananas Man's Ruin

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    OMG! WHY?!
    They were the first US pair I liked in AGES! :fragile:
     
  3. Cloudy_Gumdrops

    Cloudy_Gumdrops New Member

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    I wish we'd get an update on Bryce. It'd be nice to know if it's actually possible for him to come back to skating on a high level.
     
  4. Gil-Galad

    Gil-Galad Well-Known Member

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    But she is relatively short with 5 feet 2, so that would work well. (I thought she was a lot taller, she skates really tall!)
     
  5. PDilemma

    PDilemma Well-Known Member

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    My mother does not get Universal Sports. This conversation occurred regarding worlds:

    Me: Y/C got sixth place.
    Mom: That is amazing for one of our pair teams! Wow!
    Me: Isn't it? Maybe they can move up from there.
    Mom: If they actually stay together. They probably won't. U.S. pair teams don't.

    She called it.
     
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  6. inthemiddle

    inthemiddle Active Member

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    That was my first thought too, right after :confused:
     
  7. AYS

    AYS Cruder than you thought

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    If this is true, it is the only possible scenario that makes any sense at all. (or if she wanted to retire). After all, if you don't want to train and compete anymore, then you don't, no matter how great a season you've had or how promising you are.

    If they were just splitting and both continuing to skate pairs, this would be very difficult to believe. Unless they simply have "unreconcilable differences" as a pair.

    Too bad, though. Their future looked very bright.
     
  8. julieann

    julieann Well-Known Member

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    That would be awesome if he could continue his skating (with somone like her)

    Both her and Dube are 5'2"
     
  9. caseyedwards

    caseyedwards Well-Known Member

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    No! Just crazy.
     
  10. chachacha

    chachacha Member

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    I'm Utterly at a loss for words!
     
  11. viennese

    viennese Well-Known Member

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    introducing...and saying goodbye to
    well, they were lovely.
    i hope they move on to great things.
     
  12. lmarie086

    lmarie086 Well-Known Member

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    First it was Castile/Okolski. Then McLaughlin/Brubaker. Now Yankowskas/Coughlin? I'm done getting emotionally invested in US pairs teams. It doesn't ever go well for me.

    I wish them well in their futures...but what a great big 'what if' for their future together on the ice. I think we could've seen some true greatness from them.
     
  13. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

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    Wth?!! No way!! I remember someone saying they might retire on here a few weeks ago (must have had some sort of insider info) and I didn't believe it.. how sad!! They didn't look unhappy at worlds. I hope he's actually retiring and not looking for another partner. I don't think he's going to have as much success right now with someone else.
     
  14. CynicElle

    CynicElle Well-Known Member

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    *facepalm*

    I swear, being the top pair in the US is like being the drummer for Spinal Tap.
     
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  15. peibeck

    peibeck Counting down the days 'til Skate America

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    :eek: Wow, I am super surprised. I am speculating this has to have been mainly a financial decision, which makes it understandable but still sad. However, I am glad John and Caitlyn got to make it to Worlds and skate so well in such a packed field.
     
  16. Catherine M

    Catherine M Well-Known Member

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    Wow, that's a total shock. So sad to see them split, just after finally winning a US championship and being 6th & the top North American team at worlds.

    Is John really done with competing!?!? That would be the only thing that would make this split make sense as maybe he's ready to move on to the next chapter in his life.
     
  17. IceJunkie

    IceJunkie Well-Known Member

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    What in the world?! They showed so much promise together! :eek: Wow...
     
  18. Cheylana

    Cheylana Well-Known Member

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    That would be really sad :(
     
  19. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Gettin' my sass out

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    WTH?!

    First US pair I've liked since I/Z. That LP at worlds was gorgeous!

    :(
     
  20. ElinorD

    ElinorD New Member

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    Just adding my shock & sadness to the mix. I haven't cared for pairs skating (at all, not just US) in a number of years - But I tuned in to watch them skate. They really had something special.
     
  21. PRlady

    PRlady aspiring tri-national

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    This makes NO sense. No wonder we can't get a Worlds-podium team out of the U.S. program.

    Damn.
     
  22. danceronice

    danceronice Corgi Wrangler

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    *SNORT* You owe me a laptop-keyboard cleaning.

    THIS is why I don't follow US pairs. There's not point in getting attached anymore. What gives?
     
  23. Spiralgraph

    Spiralgraph Active Member

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    I'm in shock too. I really liked them immensely.
    Hope she gets a new partner very soon.
     
  24. AYS

    AYS Cruder than you thought

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    I don't know about that, you had like a decade to get attached to Inoue&Baldwin. :p
     
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  25. Jammers

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    Might be for the best in the long run for Caitlin. She has star quality and i'm not sure John will ever be the partner she needs to get where she wants to go.
     
  26. rfisher

    rfisher Satisfied skating fan

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    I'd put my money on money being the major factor. Maybe John figured a US championship and a trip to Worlds was the high note of his career and better to end now. It's soooooooo expensive to be a pairs skater in the US. I wish him well.


    I wonder if Smirnov would like to move to the US? Caitlin has that classic Russian look.
     
  27. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka Gettin' my sass out

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    She really does. She looks like Obertas. I hope she finds a :kickass: partner, because she deserves one.
     
  28. HisWeirness

    HisWeirness Toes. You gotta keep 'em separated.

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    :( :( :( :( :( :(

    Caitlin is so :glamor:, she needs to find another high-level partner. She's just stunning :swoon: on the ice.

    It would be a real shame if this was all about :bribe:. They've finally had the results that will bring them some good funding.
     
  29. floskate

    floskate Vacant

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    Wow that's just awful news. I was only saying in the Worlds pbp thread for pairs LP how much I enjoyed them and jokingly hoped they would stay together, thinking there's no way a pair who debuts top 6 at Worlds in THAT field would split.

    :(
     
  30. Smiley0884

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :wuzrobbed: :wuzrobbed: :wuzrobbed:

    *ahem*

    I'm totally perplexed as to why he would end the parntership! I loved their skating so much and was really looking forward to seeing them grow. Caitlin is an absolute rockstar, and I hope she can find someone equally as brilliant.

    I suppose part of the reason for all of these break ups is the expense? But then why don't U.S. ice dancers have as many break ups? I'm so sad to see this pair part ways, but they have to do what's best for themselves and I hope it all works out.