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    Kemp & King relocating

    Source: http://web.icenetwork.com/news/artic...&vkey=ice_news (Scroll to bottom of the article)

    In September, British pair champions Stacey Kemp and David King, eighth at the 2011 European Figure Skating Championships, will relocate to Ellenton, Fla., to train in Jim Peterson and Lyndon Johnston's group. There, they will share the ice with U.S. silver medalists Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, as well as Felicia Zhang and Nate Bartholomay and juniors Christine Mozer and Danny O'Shea, among others.

    "We're excited about making a fresh start," King said. "We plan to move right after we complete our IJS competition and monitoring in Sheffield [August 22-26]."

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    Very interesting!

    I wonder where they managed to secure the funding from.

    Training in the US must cost an absolute fortune, compared to Poland.

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    I hope they can actually have a good season. I feel bad for them, how they've struggled the last couple.

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    I really hope their skills improve. I always want them to do well, but they never do.

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    I hope someone can teach Stacey to jump. That leg wrap is a shocker.
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    Sadly, I think they have problems that are unfixable regardless of who coaches them. If they haven't figured out how to do a non-wobbly lift by this point, while being coached by the team with some of the best pair lifts ever, I don't think they are going to get much further.
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    They improved so much under the Siudeks. Then the progress kind of stopped. Maybe things will turn around for them in FL.


    Or maybe that's wishful thinking on my part...

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    *Sighs* They seem lovely people and they're free to continue as long as they want but... the writing has been on the wall for them for a loong time right now...

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamuraiK View Post
    *Sighs* They seem lovely people and they're free to continue as long as they want but... the writing has been on the wall for them for a loong time right now...
    Maybe skating should institute a Calla Urbanski rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Willy View Post
    I hope someone can teach Stacey to jump. That leg wrap is a shocker.
    yup one of the worst- - but for some reason I always find myself cherring for them!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by overedge View Post
    Sadly, I think they have problems that are unfixable regardless of who coaches them. If they haven't figured out how to do a non-wobbly lift by this point, while being coached by the team with some of the best pair lifts ever, I don't think they are going to get much further.
    To fair, the lifts are the least of their problems. I think they managed to get a good handle on them in the last few seasons. It's the jumps that are the problem. They still sometimes make mistakes on the SBS double flips if they can't even nail double flips every time they compete, then lofty heights of a double axel seem out of reach never mind a triple jump.

    I too wonder where the funding came from when they were struggling to find money to train in Poland.

    In any event, I wish them all the best. The seem like very hard workers so i hope it finally pays off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shan View Post
    They improved so much under the Siudeks.
    Did they? I used to think that they were regressing each season, sadly...
    And I do join to those who wonder where the funding came from...
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    Quote Originally Posted by FarFarAway View Post
    Did they? I used to think that they were regressing each season, sadly...
    And I do join to those who wonder where the funding came from...
    They did. They were painful to watch before Suideks. With the Suideks at least their lifts were not scary. Minus the europeans....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    They did. They were painful to watch before Suideks. With the Suideks at least their lifts were not scary. Minus the europeans....
    Exactly! Also their basic skating improved no end under the Siudeks, their speed and extension got a lot better, that's not to say it was great but it did improve.

    I also think their programmes got better and were more enjoyable.

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    They have definately improved over the years - its just they were starting from a much lower level than a lot of other teams so its easily overlooked with the advances of some. 6th place finish at Europeans one year ... if only a jumping god could help Stacey out.

    I thought they were going to struggle to stay in Poland due to all funding being cut. This is very odd as to where funding has come from but I want to see them in 2014 if they can possibly manage it. I did wonder if they figured they could earn money in America through some coaching and shows on the side although I know they previously implied they weren't allowed to coach, but maybe if not funded that may have changed.

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    I want to see them improve! I hope this move can do something for them.

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    If they can't get anything past a double flip, improving the rest of their skating won't really help their results. But they obviously love skating, and I like seeing skaters who have a strong desire to improve and compete just for their own personal satisfaction rather than because they are aiming for a certain placement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Very interesting!

    I wonder where they managed to secure the funding from.

    Training in the US must cost an absolute fortune, compared to Poland.
    Speaking of the Siudeks...where in Poland are they currently based?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Civic View Post
    Speaking of the Siudeks...where in Poland are they currently based?
    Since they started coaching, they've been based at the Axel Torun club where they now work with Sylwia Nowak.

    They currently have one (Senior) Pair Team: Silja Dos Reis/Mark Magyar, representing Hungary.

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