D/S are the guest stars at the Middlebury College Winter Carnival ice show Friday, Feb 21st at 7pm, and Sat. Feb 22nd at 2pm. They have done this show for the last 4 years.
Re good coaches in the US: Has Oleg Vasiliev returned to Russia? He used to / still may coach in the Chicago area (?)
So C/S may be in the age range of still being able to compete- but for how long can they afford it? Pairs don't get good sponsorships in the US, heck, most singles don't anymore. Spending $80k-100k a year can only go on for so long, not to mention the opportunity cost of not starting/building a career, not starting retirement savings, etc. Top 10 at the Olympics is phenomenal, and I truly truly hope they continue, but I'd understand if they have met their goal and decide to move on.
Olympic, to answer your question: Last I read, Vasiliev was back in Russia, working in St. Petersburg.
Skittl1321, I'm sure you're right that funding could be a concern with Marissa/Simon. Living expenses in Boston are likely much higher than in Florida or Colorado Springs, where many other U.S. pairs train. I can tell you one thing, though: Simon is making some money coaching. One of my husband's coworkers has a daughter who competes juvenile or intermediate out of SC of Boston. Simon is her main coach! :-)
I love Mr.Nicks I get your point but he did nothing for Rockne but man if I was him I would retire and go on permanent vacation!! He so deserves it. I just think Sappenfield is still learning too and young. Growing with her students and excuse me but World's a 9th PLACE with a NEW team is obviously not shabby!!! and that year they also won the EDI Senior program award from PSA for HER choreography so???
A new team takes time to grow so time should be given many have suggested Jason Brown switch coaches and he did not and look? SO that is part of the problem. Stick with it grow together get on a plan and obviously S/K can win the PSA Award Jason did this year at Nationals for her choreography and place 9th at World's their first year together I say they stay and since I believe Sappenfield took from NICKS it is better to stay like Jason did with his coach and keep working!! but just an opinion. Grass is not greener. There is success stay put and stick with it!
Not just for S/K but That goes for all our teams that have potential. Just know working with your partner staying together and with your coach improve together and maybe we will have a winning team on a World level. Russians do it, Chinese do it, German's do it, and any other country with pairs do it time for USA to do it! Stop hopping around thinking somethings better WORK ! When there has been success and then regroup learn grow and move on but stay with your coach and together!! Learn together and then kick Ass America !!
Having a hard second year for a new team that is growing is totally in the realm of normal and the long I thought was beautiful but this is a team developing so who knows what is next for them? they keep improving . I love Sappenfield cause she has fight and balls and frankly not trying to offend is a WOMAN! She also has much to learn and grow but the talent is there for all of them.
My hope is that our top teams stay together as a team including coaches and where they are. Train learn and kick some butt-O this year!! STOP thinking someone is better and grow learn and DO IT BETTER!
The Chinese have a centralized system. The Russians have generous funding and support for athletes at the highest level. The Germans have Ingo Steuer.