Thank you, Amanda & Mark, for years of beautiful skating.
Chloe Katz and Joseph Lynch (2000-2011) - started starting together at the ages of 14 & 15 respectively, and their highest Nationals placement in Senior was 6th in 2009. They won 2 Senior B international silver medals (2008 Cup of Nice and 2009 Ice Challenge).
Bianca Butler and Joseph Jacobsen (1999-2009) - started starting together at 9/10 & 12 respectively, and their highest Nationals placement in Senior was 9th in 2008. They competed in 2 JGP Finals (placing 6th & 7th) and 1 Junior Worlds (11th in 2008).
While both these teams had very respectable careers, it's rare in this modern era to have teams like Inoue/Baldwin and Evora/Ladwig stay together for as long as they did AND make it to the Olympics together! That feat, IMO, takes more than luck and longevity!
so sad to hear about the end of their partnership. Something I really appreciated about this team was that their love of the sport was so apparent both on and off the ice. I so wish they could have won a national championship (I really thought this would be their year) but, as others have mentioned, they have accomplished so much in their time together. They were a pleasure to watch and I wish them all the best for the future.
Add me to the list of fans sorry to hear this news. I had the pleasure of meeting them a few years ago and what struck me was their genuineness. And who can ever forget the image of Amanda crying and telling the television camera that "dreams do come true" when they made the Olympic team. Priceless.
I will miss them each year at Nationals. They were a reliable team that I had come to enjoy and appreciate more as the years went on.
I'm a little sad to hear their split. I didn't expect their split, and I really wanted them to continue skating together as professional skaters even after their retirement.
I wish them all the best. For me, their SP at Olympic is unforgettable performance.
Thank you for a lot of beautiful skating.
the lift they ALWAYS show pictures of. . . . Here, too, you can see where she's not lifting through the torso but sort of allowing her body to collapse although she tries to compensate by arching her back some.
BARK LESS. WAG MORE.
I am surprised that Mark and Amanda stayed in last year. While they had technically some of the most difficult lifts in the world with the entry, exit and handholds, the positions in my opinion were not really that great and Amanda was not really a world level jumper barely able to do a double axel much less a clean triple with any sort of regularity. They look like nice people but always seemed to me that they were mediocre singles skaters at best who were able to do some tough pairs tricks and that was the key to their success at making the Olympic team. They happen to hit when it counted at nationals and then at the Olympics. What a dream for them. However they had to realize that with Marley&Brubaker on the rise ,the return of Yankowskas and Castelli&Shnapir looking better and better ,making the podium even for the pewter just might be an insurmountable task. I am extremely surprised that Mark plans to continue skating. Even the top skaters are having a tough time making money off of skating these days and so I am wondering exactly how he is able to support his new family..
@LadwigMark tweeted on March 10:
"Thanks for the many kind words. Great @USFigureSkating blog http://skatingmagazineblog.com/2012/...g-in-pictures/ "
(Sylvia's note: There are some really great photos through the years in slide show format - take a look if you haven't already!)
@Amanda_Evora tweeted last night:
"Thank you @USFigureSkating and all of my fans for your overwhelming support. #livingyourdreams"
In my mind, I have no doubt that Evora and Ladwig stayed in this season because they wanted to win the national title - they certainly had the ability to do it had they both skated their best, IMO.
I'll miss them too. I tho't they would retire together & then perhaps skate with SOI. I wish them both well & much happiness whatever their future career choices may be.