I was on the ice today with Taylor Toth and Kiri Baga. They were working on several pairs moves. They looked great!
In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.
Despite his injury, I'm glad Cassie Andrews/Nick Anderson were able to experience their one and only JGP together in the fall of 2009 (they finished 13th in Dresden, Germany).
News I am happy to see -- the return of a National Pairs Camp! It's scheduled for June 9-10, 2012 at the Canlan Ice Sports facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana (registration deadline is May 15): http://www.usfsa.org/Athletes.asp?id=516
The U.S. Figure Skating Pairs Committee and Pairs Development Subcommittee are pleased to announce the inaugural U.S. Figure Skating National Pairs Camp. The goal of this camp is to bring all pair teams together along with prospective pairs skaters while creating an environment to share ideas a techniques and help pairs skating in the United States flourish. The focus will be on developing a solid foundation for pair skaters/teams with help from guest speakers and elite coaches. Pair teams/coaches and individual pair skaters of all levels are welcome.
Nice that they're having a pairs camp, but wow, that sure isn't much notice. (And are most schools out by June 9/10? They are in our area, but I know they run later in quite a few other states.)
Unofficial, old news, but saw that it hadn't really been brought up yet: Poapst/ Knierim are no longer together.
Andrea Poapst/Chris Knierim weren't included in the International Selection Pool list that was published on the USFS site yesterday (refer to this thread), so their split is "official" even though they are still listed in the 2011-12 Team C envelope online.
^^ Oh okay. Well I've heard about possibly Scimeca/ Knierim ! Could be a good partnering. She has Caydee Denney potential imo.
I really liked Poapst/Knierim, sad to see them split. I have no idea of Andrea's plans but the thought crossed my mind that she'd make a lovely partner for Mark Ladwig.
"He's so approachable and if she were anymore beautiful, she wouldn't look real." - Scott Hamilton on Meryl and Charlie
Meryl Davis and Charlie White - 2011 World Ice Dance Champions and 2013 World Ice Dance Champions!
Do we know what this means for Andrea Poapst's future? Is she still searching for a partner (listed on ice partner search, etc.)? Back to Canada for pairs or singles? Done skating? Or undecided? Injured?
I really enjoy her presence on the ice...
I mean, all these splits and other disappearances every year are usually understandable, but it's still comical to see 6 Sr pairs left from Nationals. The only thing left to do is try to encourage development of more pairs at all levels, but it really is a complicated/unstable/crazy discipline isn't it.
I can say with 100% certainty that Mark Ladwig and Lindsay Davis have officially paired up. Tryout was last week and now they are skating together. Look for an official announcement soon.