I know Amanda's SBS jumping has always been questionable, but this Nationals was particularly bad. I hope she focuses on the postives from their career as she moves on from competitive skating.
I did think these two would stay together until they both retired. I wish them a lot of luck on their future endeavours though; the few brief times I've spoken with either of them they have seemed like really nice people.
(((Camp Peterson))) They've lost both their top two teams over the last two seasons.
HeatherC, can we turn you into a Donlan/Speroff groupie?
I meant to take the high road.... but I missed the exit.
Their late career rise was an inspiring success story. Sad they couldnt cap it off with a U.S title this year as they were fully capable of. I am very surprised Mark is continuing. It would have seemed like a fitting time to retire together, and I cant see him being successful with a new partner at this stage of his career, especialy with the limited number of quality U.S pairs partners.
Last edited by carriemarie; 04-13-2012 at 03:28 AM.
I loved them. Beautiful couple. I will miss them so very much.
How about Cassie Andrews for Mark? Admittedly, I don't know the age span between the 2 of them, but she is petite (isn't she?)
ETA - she's 5'2" and 18 yrs old. I guess that's old enough.
I'm going to miss Mark and Amanda. I totally enjoyed their skating. I wish them both the very best.
You mess with the bull, you get the horns; words to live by, to my mind. - Robeye
Last edited by carriemarie; 04-15-2012 at 01:52 PM.
I was referring to her turnout issues mainly- imo what make Caydee consistent on throws and jumping is her turned in hips, unfortunately it affects her lift positions in a negative way. She and John are what they are...but they seem to be consistent in their elements - if they can make slight improvements in COP and continue to put out clean performances (POTO and all), I feel they can crawl up a few spots in the World ranking.
Turned in hips doesn't make Caydee keep her shoulders up at her ears when she skates, either.
Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the universe.
I am surprised that her upper body isn't held in a better position, because it seems to my limited brain, that one would use the same set of muscles to land a throw jump that would use in the lift.
DH - and that's just my opinion
Aaaannnnyway- good luck to Amanda and Mark: you will be missed!
Just a wild guess.
We can bitch about skaters' postures all we want but if skaters will still get high GOE/PCS even with bad lines/carriage (and Denney/Coughlin did this season if they landed their stuff), what incentive do the skaters have to work on it? None.
It's much wiser to use that time and energy on stuff that actually counts, like technical elements.