I really enjoyed Lindsay and Mark's performance at Nationals. They showed much improvement from their GP assignments. And their Gala performance was a big crowd pleaser. Sad to hear they are already calling it quits.
I think Davis and Brubaker would look great together.
I suspect Ladwig wanted to see if his experience would make his new team competitive, especially if a D/C and M/B tandem could get a third Pairs spot, since M/B hadn't split at the time. Even with M/B out of the picture and Y/R non competitive, while US Pairs aren't the deepest in the world, there are solid young teams competing now, and the odds of D/C and C/S earning that third spot are less than D/C and M/B, which was a long shot anyway.
He also may not have been ready to give up skating when Evora did, but maybe this year was what he needed for closure.
"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Mark has always been a wonderful leader in US pairs and I wish him all the best in the future!
I was thinking of this scenario before the season even started. If he found the right partner, would Rockne skate past this next year?
Rockne is 26, not old for a Pair skater. I could see him sticking around til 2018.
OK, I'm in. West Coast. Just not sure about Sand/Meno, Oppegard or would Nicks even take on a pair? Choreo? To me, it's a done deal,, even before a tryout.
Lindsay is a natural jumper so I think the only real strain on Rockne would be upping his strength training for lifts. But with all teams, more practice on timing.
Amanda Evora and Rockne were seen talking at Nationals....discuss
During one of the pairs Skate Radio broadcasts, Rockne was asked about his partner search. His response was something like, "Sometimes you just have to introduce someone to pairs"--suggesting that he is open to taking on another singles skater. I'd guess that if he's thinking that way, 2018 is a real possibility. I agree that the senior pairs field at Nationals was unexpectedly strong, with lots of new teams that look really, really good together and can jump. Wonderful as Rockne is (and he is exceptional), getting to 2nd--or even 3rd--place next year with someone new to pairs wouldn't be a foregone conclusion.