You seem to think that acquiring triples is harder than learning to skate pairs, and on that I think you're wrong. You're seriously underestimating the work that pairs skaters put into their skills.
Adelina Sotnikova defeated the curse of Esta She is indeed the Greatest Of All Time!
Morgan Ciprès is the only man listed above who started pairs from scratch with his current partner and he is to be commended for the progress he has made since September 2010, especially since (I assume) it is more challenging and potentially more dangerous when the man is the pairs newbie instead of the woman/girl.
"Randy [Starkman (1960-April 16, 2012)] lived by the same motto as the rest of us. The Olympics isn’t every four years, it’s every single day. He just got it." --Canadian Olympic kayaker Adam van Koeverden
And in regards to 'flushing the last X years of training down the toilet on a whim to skate pairs', common sense may tell them that if their category is so competitive, they have no chance to get through and compete at major international competitions. Look at Marley, with the competitive level of US ladies, without switching to pairs she would be unlikely going to Four continents or Worlds within the next 5 years. Switched to pairs and within a year or two she was there. Same about Gerbold, with the competition in Russian ladies, she it is unlikely that she would have much chance now. I can't see Cipres beating Amodio or Joubert, so he would be somewhere lower at senior French nationals and no attendance at Europeans or Worlds. And I am not sure if Wolfe would be good enough to get at senior Canadian nationals into top three to be sent. So for all of them, I don't think they see their situation as 'flush the last X years of training down the toilet'. I think they see it as opportunity, open door and they grabbed it.
Shittity Shit. They were my favourite couple after Savchenko/Szolkowy.
(Dear Santa, I would like to enjoy YuNa Kim and Volosozhar/Trankov, could you bring me the ability for Christmas this year?).
I have no idea why Takahashi would decide to end such a successful partnership at this point in time. It seems really weird.
While I enjoyed T&T tremendously (I thought they had the best SP last season), I would imagine whatever Japanese partner she acquires, his biggest asset will be the jumps. And jumps are not Takahashi's strength (understatement!). The reason T&T did as well as they did, despite their propensity to make errors, was because of the quality of their actual pairs elements. Finding a Japanese males skater who has strong pairs elements will not be easy.
I believe Andrea Poapst has canadian citizenship. I think her and tran would be good together
Best of luck to both of them in their future skating (and non-skating) endeavors.
I haven't read anywhere that Takahashi is healed; until recently, Tran's tweeted frustration that they weren't on the ice, with no indication that a return was soon, although it's possible her recovery was withheld because she was planning to dump him. Even if she's completely healed, then the chances of her being competitive with anyone starting from scratch in less than 14 months are very slim.
If the GP rules hold, she has the advantage as a former World medallist to get two GP's next season without needing a minimum GP score. We most likely won't know until after the season if they plan to have minimum scores for the Olympics or if they do, what those scores will be, and if they'll apply to appointed skaters. JPN won't have a Pair at Worlds -- even Volosozhar/Trankov had almost a year together before they competed internationally -- and they'd have to be ready to earn a spot at Nebelhorn. (IIRC, there are only four Pairs spots awarded in the qualifier, unless a country gives back a spot.) It might work out just fine for JPN to appoint a Pairs team for the team event: one point (or two) might be the difference between getting the last spot in the final, and would give the team valuable Olympic experience.
If the Japanese Fed had anything to do with her change of heart, chances are they could have lots to do with a lower-level/ranked Japanese man's change of heart WRT Pairs skating, especially since he would inherit a tiny partner who is a World medalist and superb in most pairs skills.
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"'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney
In the above video that I posted earlier (Japanese sports show interview w/ T/T), the interviewer says to Narumi that Mervin is a "Gift from God." Narumi then repeats to Mervin in English what the interviewer said ... "Mervin, you are a present from God." Well, God have mercy on them being rent asunder.
Good luck to all and happy fs viewing ... Happy Holidays.
AFAIK, Andrea Poapst is still partnerless and training in Artesia, California with Peter Oppegard.