I'm curious to see if any of the currently partner-less US dancers will team up with anyone in time to compete - at least at the national level.
I think they'd be nuts to even think about a partner with whom they could not go to the 2014 Olympics. For Samuelson & Bates, skating at Nationals and GP events is not enough of a goal, and even another top 10 at Worlds would be a bit anti-climactic. Unless they already hold dual citizenship somewhere, they need to either find a US partner or retire.I mean, if either can't find an American partner, it would be a shame for them to be unable to compete anymore.
Either way, I honestly don't see either of them improving their competitive position by moving to another partner.
When I first heard the rumblings, I had guessed maybe Evan was done with skating after a year of living with nonskaters and doing college full time. I was surprised to read he was looking for a new partner. I guess he'll pretty much have his pick of Madisons.
FYI, a separate Samuelson/Bates split discussion thread was created in GSD earlier today (with the Detroit Free Press article link, originally posted here, as the source): http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showthread.php?t=79258
Current Known Status of Teams from 2011 US Nationals:
* = currently listed on icepartnersearch.com
1 Meryl Davis/Charlie White (W1)
2 Maia Shibutani/Alex Shibutani (W3)
3 Madison Chock/Greg Zuerlein (W9) - split; he has retired
4 Madison Hubbell/Keiffer Hubbell - split
5 Lynn Kriengkrairut/Logan Giulietti-Schmitt
6 Isabella Cannuscio/Ian Lorello
7 Shannon Wingle/Timothy McKernan
8 Rachel Tibbetts/Collin Brubaker* - split
9 Meredith Zuber/Kyle Herring
10 Ginna Hoptman/Pavel Filchenkov
11 *Alissandra Aronow/Zachary Donohue - split
12 Kristen Nardozzi/Robert Cuthbertson
13 Katharine Zeigler/Baxter Burbank - split
14 *Alison Carey/Ryan Van Natten* - split
15 Katherine Pilgrim/Alexander Lorello
Emily Samuelson/Evan Bates - split
Moving up to Senior/registered for Lake Placid IDC:
J1 Charlotte Lichtman/Dean Copely (JW3)
J3 Anastasia Cannuscio/Colin McManus (JW7)
J4 Anastasia Olson/Jordan Cowan
J11 Carina Glastris/Kevin Allison
N6 Brittany Schmucker/Adam Munday
Janine Halstead/Robert Knopf
New partnership in Senior:
Madison Hubbell/Zachary Donohue
Reportedly looking for a partner and not listed on IPS.com:
Evan Bates, Madison Chock, Keiffer Hubbell, Emily Samuelson
Listed on IPS.com:
Collin Brubaker, Ryan Van Natten
Alissandra Aronow, Piper Gilles, Alison Carey
Last edited by Sylvia; 06-23-2011 at 01:19 AM. Reason: to add in Zeigler/Burbank split info (see another_sk8rmom's post below)
Katherine Zeigler / Baxter Burbank have split. Haven't heard if either of them are looking for new partners but Baxter has been doing some coaching at Phila. Skating Club. He's also involved with a power skating and hockey skills camp this summer.
WTF is going on in US ice dancing? We went from having perhaps the most depth in the world to just two quality teams now. This is suppose to happen in Pairs not ice dancing.
Thanks, another_sk8rmom. I've edited in your info.
I think we have more than just "two quality teams" left...
I wonder what TAT would have to say about all of this off season drama?
With 2 open spots this year, things could be done differently. I suppose USFS could keep one spot open and assign it later (so if C/B don't compete in LP, they could compete/exhibit at a local comp and be monitored there...but would also need to go to a Senior B first).
(pretty muching echoing what Debbie S posted above )
Link to ice-dance.com's "2011 Off-Season Report" dated 6/28 that summarizes the major dance splits (not just the US teams): http://www.ice-dance.com/news-a-arti...-season-report
Link to blogs by Isabella Cannuscio and Colin McManus: http://www.ice-dance.com/bella-a-colin-blog
As we were sitting in Starbucks amongst the regular college hustle and bustle, an idea struck us: "Why is Alex Shibutani so gosh darn perfect?!" When you think about it, he's like Midas, everything he touches turns to gold. Well maybe not literally, but from on-the-ice, to tweeting, to his icenetwork.com blogs, it seems as though Mr. Shibutani can do no wrong. It's time that someone beat him at something, so here's where we come in -- with our official "Alex Shibutani Throwdown Blog."
Last edited by Sylvia; 07-07-2011 at 09:23 PM.
Isabella Cannuscio and Colin McManus blogged about their experience at the first Chesapeake Dance camp/seminar (following the Chesapeake Open competition) that was held in late June -- Belbin/White seem to have been quite a hit : http://www.ice-dance.com/bella-a-col...ake-dance-camp
Last edited by Sylvia; 07-10-2011 at 04:37 PM.
Thanks, Sylvia for the link. So cool to see Charlie especially since it seems like only yesterday he was a young one and now he's the mature World Champ!
sorry, wrong thread.
Picture of Madison Hubbell/Zach Donohue posted on Facebook.
late party nite!!
Last edited by hockeyplayer2; 07-17-2011 at 05:34 PM. Reason: name error