According to her ISU biography, Stefania Berton is 161 cm., which is over 5'3". To paraphrase Emma Woodhouse, there have been matches of lesser disparity. But I wouldn't count on their adding an on-ice partnership to their personal relationship.
USFS would figure out a way to hold him as long as possible, were she the right height for him.
"'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
Mazal tov to Rockne & Stefania! Wishing all the best for Jonathan & Wesley, who have provided many beautiful memories on ice.
Very glad Cambell ended his Nationals on a high note, with a clean skate of his Ave Maria FS. He coaches at my rink in NH every once in a while and seems to be an excellent, detail-oriented coach. It would nice if he kept skating in some capacity for a few more years, but whenever he's ready to transition into full-time coaching, he has all the makings of a successful coach.
Will miss Cassar's edges and spread eagles, as well!
5'3.5" and a questionable 5'9" (more realistically 5'8") is NOT a good size match for a pair couple. Mary Beth was like 49" or 4'10" and probably around 80 lbs, that's the kind of partner Rockne needs. I sometimes wonder if Miller or Lam would like to switch to pairs...they are so tiny and so good.
Considering it's a for sure thing that she'll go to the Olympics as the number one Italian team, I'd say the odds of her skating with anyone else are zero regardless of her personal life. Moreover, they'll be one of the teams fighting for bronze.
Hannah Miller would be an ideal partner (on ice) for Rockne.
Berton and HOT-arek cannot dissolve their winning partnership on Team Italia.
Dick Button Historical Quote of the Month: "With them it's all about the most movement per measure." (commenting on Bestemianova/Bukin, during the 1988 Olympics, Calgary)
Oh no...and I just spent way too much time staring at John Z.'s wife at Nats! There is just something about Italian figure skaters....
I think Carolina is still single, Yes?
How lovely for Stefania and Rockne! It's a pleasure seeing Rockne so happy, and the description of how he made his proposal to Stefania is very loving and delightful. Congratulations and best wishes to them!
AFAIK Carolina is still with Alex Schwazer. I don't think they split. Tomas Verner is still with Natalie Pechalat. I don't think Caro and Tomas have ever been a couple but they were/are very close friends. Caro is with Alex since 2007/2008...
Back to topic: it's nice that Stefanie and Rockne are happy together :-) Congratulations!!!