Sometimes, reading this board, you would think all skating parents are nuts - and after years in skating, I can only think of a couple who really fit that mold. It's usually more like, "let's just blame the parents" alternated with "let's just blame the coaches", and neither is really true.
I think Christine & Danny have a lot of potential, and I hope they have a great season & lots of support from their coaches & parents!
But didn't you say on another thread recently that "I don't think there has been this many decent Junior teams at one time in several years."
My bad Sylvia. I meant "does", not doesn't. I am actually really excited about Junior pairs. Lots of new teams and some really good established teams as well. I know of only three Junior teams that competed at Nationals last year that moved up. The rest are either coming back at Junior or a new team.
Thanks for the question!
I am with "jaci" and "2sk8"-- I like that we are seeing new skaters vs. just pair swapping. And while this is just a personal pet peeve of mine, I really hope that the newer teams are comparable and aesthetically pleasing to the eye--I struggle watching the young 11-12 yr old girl with the 18-20 yr old guy. I'm sure I am in the minority but it kind of creeps me out!!!
I would love to see Evora/Ladwig, Marley/Brubaker, and Castelli/Shapnir be the top three pairs and would love to see them all skate strong this coming season. I'm just not on board with anymore new pairs forming from the remnants yet, I want to see those three pairs rewarded, if they step up and take charge.
ETA: Here's a bit of news about Molly Aaron in the article I posted about her brother Max in the US Men's thread:
Older sister Molly has retired from competitive skating, and has moved back to Arizona where she will be a freshman at Arizona State University.
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-15-2011 at 07:33 PM.
boy, do those two have beautiful extensions and lyrical qualities. What must they do to break into the top ranks?
Glad to hear Danny is still skating. What about the brother/sister team from Indy? He had such a beautiful back pivot in the death spiral. David and Carly, I think.
"awwww....shades of Janet Lynn" - Dick Button on anyone who makes more than one mistake in their program.
Thanks for posting the video of Donlan and Speroff. That throw triple at the end of the program may be one of the biggest in the world! I agree that their sbs jumps held them back at Nationals, but they were certainly much improved over earlier in the season. Lets hope that they have continued to work hard on them in the off season.
With Y/C and D/B out of the mix next year at Nationals, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Donlan/Speroff make a run for the podium. They've improved so much in such a short period of time!
D/S are so lovely. They have such star power, especially her. I love their lines.
I just love them! As such, I'm sure they'll break up within a year.
I was checking the protocols of D/S at '11 Nats. It looks like they went for SBS 3toes and SBS 2x's in the LP and didn't fall, which is an improvement for them technically. I never saw videos of their Nats performances and couldn't find them on youtube.
Last edited by chipso1; 05-16-2011 at 01:18 AM.
I thought they skated to Stairway to Heaven.
reese, have some faith! It's not the goal of all promising US pairs to split up just to cause fans grief.
Last edited by Sylvia; 05-16-2011 at 12:37 AM.