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    Italian Pair Della Monica/Kockon split and Della Monica retires

    As I mentioned before, pair skater Nicole Della Monica is forced to retire because of a injury. She has a chronic inflammation in her left knee and she hasn't been skating for a long time.

    Art on ice.it reports that Yannick Kockon is looking for another partner.

    I suppose her injury was very serious, she says she is in therapy but the results are very uncertain so she prefers to give up competitive skating.

    For anyone who would like to send Nicole a message of support, feel free to pm me, I will forward them to a friend of her.

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    Oh Nooooo !
    I liked them !

    I have an idea, maybe Yannick can come back to France, they need good male pair skaters !

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    I liked them, too! Wishing Nicole the best and a complete recovery and Yannick good luck to find a new partner!

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    that's really too bad. I've really liked them for the last few years.

    I wish her good health and a full recovery. I hope he can find himself a good partner.

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    That is such a shame that it has to end that way. They were really talented.
    When you are up to your arse in alligators it is difficult to remember you were only meant to be draining the swamp.

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    Oh noooo! Poor Nicole! I'm friends with her on facebook and she is so sweet

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    Maybe he can team up with Mukhortova if things with Blanchard don't work out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blue_idealist View Post
    Maybe he can team up with Mukhortova if things with Blanchard don't work out?
    If he is going to country hop, then he should go to Australia and skate with Phoebe Di Tommaso. The age difference is right, the height differential is perfect, and they would look great together. Plus they would have a free pass to all international events provided they can earn the minimum score.

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    That's too bad. I was wondering why they were withdrawing from so many competitions...Didn't know her knee problem was very serious. They didn't fit the typical pair mold, but had looked good in recent years. And it was nice to see Italy with two good pairs.

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    It's really too bad. They moved well together and had great sbs salchows and throws!

    One of their nicer skates.

    Hopefully he finds a new partner.

    (also I don't think there is a k in his last name? )

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    Quote Originally Posted by casken View Post
    also I don't think there is a k in his last name? )
    There is, just not two.

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    Sad that she had to retire, i hope he finds a partner very quickly.

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    I really liked them, and I'm sorry she had to quite due to injury. I hope her knee heals and that he finds another good partner.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cloudy_Gumdrops View Post
    that's really too bad. I've really liked them for the last few years.

    I wish her good health and a full recovery. I hope he can find himself a good partner.

    I have an idea how about Carolina Gillespie. She has experiance and would maybe get further than with Dematte.

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    Quote Originally Posted by casken View Post
    I also remember their great skates from Helsinki Euros 2009. FP

    I feel horrible for Della Monica. I hope her knee gets better and at least won't bother her normal life.

    And for Kocon with finding a new partner.
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    Thanks to Della Monica and good luck to Kockon.

    Their crazy step seq a couple of years ago was my personal pairs highlight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grandma View Post
    I have an idea how about Carolina Gillespie. She has experiance and would maybe get further than with Dematte.
    Definitely. If I was her, I'd be arranging a SEKRET tryout with him asap.

    The DiTomasso idea is great too, even if possibly unrealistic. Australia needs a pair team.

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    That's too bad, but I hope she won't have any long-term damage to her knee. I've always liked skaters who do something different, and Nicole & Yannick definitely fit in that category.

    Here's a video of baby Nicole as a junior singles skater at Italian Nationals. I kept it because I thought she had potential .

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    That's too bad, but I hope she won't have any long-term damage to her knee. I've always liked skaters who do something different, and Nicole & Yannick definitely fit in that category.

    Here's a video of baby Nicole as a junior singles skater at Italian Nationals. I kept it because I thought she had potential .
    WOW!
    She really had potential! Complete set of triples at junior level IN ITALY(!)..well, that's something! Thank you for the video!

    So sorry for them...I really like them! All the best of luck to both!

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