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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrey aka Pushkin View Post
    He is one of the higher single skaters out there, it's just that he's powerfully built, so he looks shorter.
    I checked the ISU bio, it says he's 1.77 - tallish for singles, short for pairs. He's taller than Szolkowy and Tran, though.

    So, good luck to him, I have always wondered what would a pairs program to a bombastic soundtrack look like.
    Well, B/L did the Man in the Iron Mask two years ago, didn't they? But I think KvdP's version would look different for many reasons

    I like him, but I'm kind of mystified by this new career path. The IN interview he did after Worlds didn't give the sense that he wanted to continue as a competitive skater. OTOH, considering how many times he's retired and unretired, I guess we should have seen this coming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    Life is too short to not go after your dreams.
    If his dream was to be a pairs skater, he's left it a bit late.
    To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    If his dream was to be a pairs skater, he's left it a bit late.
    I read it `if his dream was to be a skater....'

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    Quote Originally Posted by TAHbKA View Post
    Checking the calendar. Nope, it's not April 1st. What am I missing?
    He's partnering up with Fumie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domshabfan View Post
    If Andreev can do Ice dancing so can KVDP..
    Andreev had quite good basic skating. VPD, on the other hand...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ziggy View Post
    Andreev had quite good basic skating. VPD, on the other hand...
    Andreev had quite good mom
    In Soviet Russia, the skaters lobbychick YOU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zemgirl View Post
    I checked the ISU bio, it says he's 1.77 - tallish for singles, short for pairs. He's taller than Szolkowy and Tran, though.
    If KVP is taller than pair skaters Robin S. and Tran then how can be be "short for pairs" ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by orbitz View Post
    If KVP is taller than pair skaters Robin S. and Tran then how can be be "short for pairs" ?
    Because they are very short for pairs and skating with female partners who are quite petite? Obviously most of the pairs guys are 1.80 or taller, and we've seen those who are shorter struggle to find good partners (e.g. Rockne Brubaker). There are fewer options when you can't pair up with anyone taller than 1.55 or so.

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    This will never happen. Dream on KVP ....

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    Maybe he can find someone to be a Maid Marian to his Robin Hood?

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    It's really not just about height for a female partner. Yes, pairs skaters are more buffed than other skaters (wispy arms and shoulders don't help with overhead lifts), but some have body types that are just naturally smaller-boned than others.

    I always thought Myriam Leuenberger of Switzerland would have made a good pairs skater, even at 5ft 4 or so. Maybe this is just my natural preference for smaller height differences coming into play, as well. Other than triple twists, I can't really think of another element where good technique couldn't overcome height/weight differences -within reason, of course .

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    Hotness does not a pairs skater make.
    Who will his partner be - a Barbie?
    I bet HER footwork would get higher levels than his .
    Let it go Kevin, and just sign some of your loincloth pics and sell them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by allezfred View Post
    If his dream was to be a pairs skater, he's left it a bit late.
    It's never too late, old-timer...
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by halffull View Post
    This will never happen. Dream on KVP ....
    Pretty much... Typical athelete who never reached his potential syndrome...

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    Quote Originally Posted by arakwafan2006 View Post
    Pretty much... Typical athelete who never reached his potential syndrome...
    Actually, considering his starting point and his skill set, I think KvdP absolutely reached his potential.

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    You guys are all such realists!

    I think this is fantastic news. Whatever happens it will be interesting and we need more interesting things in skating!
    “What’s on the revengenda this evening?” – Nolan Ross

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    Quote Originally Posted by miffy View Post
    You guys are all such realists!

    I think this is fantastic news. Whatever happens it will be interesting and we need more interesting things in skating!
    Seriously...you'd think he announced he planned to beat S/S and V/M to judge by the 'no way' reponses. Sure it's slightly unrealistic, but it would create some publicity for skating & pairs -at least in Belgium. That's never a bad thing.
    When Olga Bestandigova paired up with Turkish footballer dude, the overall response was a lot more positive in terms of generating interest in pairs in Turkey. Why can't this be more of the same?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioana View Post
    Seriously...you'd think he announced he planned to beat S/S and V/M to judge by the 'no way' reponses.
    So when Van Der Perren said that he wished to try skating pairs...he did NOT mean that he was stating that he will win the next five Olympic gold medals?
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    So when Van Der Perren said that he wished to try skating pairs...he did NOT mean that he was stating that he will win the next five Olympic gold medals?
    Shocking, innnit? Unless of course, he pairs up with Gracie Gold. I heard she's not from Belgium, so there's an excellent chance she's the new partner .

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    http://www.ran.de/de/wintersport/meh...arlaeufer.html

    If that guy (and his beer belly) can finish 5th at Europeans, that gives VDP hope!

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