As a long-time fan of Blumberg & Seibert (how can you resist a guy who choreographs the programs, designs & makes the costumes, and is a great dancer???), I have a vivid memory of the '84 Olympics "controversy". The Americans placed 4th [again]--and the lead judge was interviewed for ABC.
She sited the rule AT THE TIME--that a change in music rhythm was mandatory & required a one point deduction. Tracy Wilson observed that T&D 's Bolero didn't meet that requirement. Judge's reply---"They're T& D--THEY CAN DO WHAT THEY WANT."
At this point, my mom went ballistic -- "she admitted they cheated!!!!" very memorable moment. I also recall the ISU's swift action: no member of the judging panel could be interviewed after a competition.
Aww that is to bad. I will miss this team. Wishing both of them the best. I am hoping it is not to difficult for Madison to find a new partner.
I'll miss them.
Best of luck to both of them.
I really liked this team and am sad to see them split, but I'm sure Greg thought about it a lot and made the best decision for him. I wish him the best as he moves on to the next phase of his life and I hope Madison can find a good partner and compete next season.
CAN NO US TEAM STAY TOGETHER?!?!???
Boy Hubbell to the rescue! He wouldn't even have to learn a new name for her.
Your program sucks and your partner just fell: lay down and play dead or think Feck this and do a Th3A at the end of the program: Aliona Savchenko: Definition of a competitor
Teams usually have legitimate reasons for splitting, though. Since they're the ones who are training with each other day in and day out and setting/revising their respective goals each season, I think fans' opinions are not going to be taken into serious consideration.
Not to mention weighing the expense and time involved and their likely future placement against D/W, S/S (two World medalist teams) and a returning S/B, I can understand this decision. They had a great season, got to Worlds, I can understand him wanting to go out on a high note and get on with life. Yes, we'd love them to stick with it, but it's not our money and lives here.
"Once you've skated together long enough, and you're really good friends, you can close your eyes, put your hand out and she's right there." Joe Dolkiewicz, 2011 US Novice Pairs Bronze Medalist
Sad day - I liked them a lot!
Well this sucks, I really liked them and thought they had potential...I was hoping it was a rumor.
Awwww. Too bad.
In my spare time, I like to interview figure skating legends.
The Hubbell brother retired, right? That's tough, two top ladies looking for new partners at the same time.
nooooooooooooooooo! I really liked them. 7th at worlds too...