Both skaters spoke of what they admired in each other, and shared their thoughts about how to keep a partnership going for such a long time. They had some of the hardest content at the junior level in the U.S., with two side-by-side triple jumps in their program last season.
"One of the best things about Kylie is that in competition she would always turn it on. No matter how the practices were going, I knew when we got to competition, she would always be there; I would never have to worry," Grafton said. "And [I admire] her long lines, and her jumps."
"I admire his presentation and his love for the sport," Duarte said. "I never had to worry about him not getting into the program. He always presented; he always had pizzazz. It stepped up my game, because I had to up my presentation to meet his."
Although the audience didn't know it, the team's last performance together was at "An Evening with Champions" last month in Massachusetts. At the end of their program, they skated off the ice with their arms around each other.
"One of the reasons we could stay together for so long is we could always work through our problems," Grafton said. "It's very much like a marriage. There are going to be hurdles you have to overcome, and you have to communicate and work through things."