After the fall events, the skaters and their team, including primary coaches Jenni Meno and Todd Sand -- as well as John Nicks, who stepped down as primary coach earlier this season but still works with the pair
-- took a back-to-basics approach at their rink in Aliso Viejo, Calif.
"Last year, their difficulty was ramped up tremendously, and since we've taken over, we've backed off a little bit to get the basics really solid, so that when Mary Beth is skating with Rockne, they can skate the way they want to skate and not just think about elements," said Sand, who won three U.S. pair titles with wife Meno.
"We've kind of taken the approach that through the quadrennial -- what do we have, a little over two years left now -- we want to peak in that Olympic season. What we saw in the short program at Skate America is what they are capable of, and that's what we need to get consistently in the short and long."