article is now archived, but in it Trevor said that he felt fine about how things were progressing (they had declared Sochi as the goal right before Nationals), but that she apparently didn't and pulled the plug. This was after the disappointing 10th place at Nationals in 2011. After the split, she was apparently considering ice dance but decided to go back to singles.
I think Becky and Josh are a good match and I hope they have a good first season together.
Isn't this just Cain/Reagan V.2? Tall girl who can jump? A few posters have said they feel sorry for Caitlin, what about Ashley? It seemed Cain/Reagan were well on their way towards some kind of success and then it just ended, and it ended on Josh's side if I remember correctly.
Oh well, good luck to them, at least we'll have more than 10 Senior Teams at US Nationals this Season.
I thought that Josh's justification for ending his partnership with Ashley was not her height, but instead that she was devoting so much time to singles and he wanted to skate with someone who focused solely on pairs (that and former National Champ Caitlin was lurking....).
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
They also knew they would never have a huge triple twist which is a MUST at the senior level especially if you want to place top 10 internationally.
They might be the same height but Bereswill has a really tiny frame.
Is Becky's frame that much tinier or lighter than Ashley Cain's?
In any case, their looks and skating styles seem very similar.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LT-D1yemRJI Bereswill 2012 Skate Detroit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9-IzIVU9WQ Josh and Ashley 2012 U.S. Nationals FS
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRyfUy0YF4A Ashley C 2012 Skyscraper
Becky and Ashley are both very slight, but at 5'6", it doesn't really matter if they only weigh 110 lbs or so, just the length of their limbs and such will make certain things more challenging (like a 3 twist). Weight matters but in pairs when a girl is that tall, even if she only weighs as much as the girls who are 3-4 inches shorter, the dynamics of everything will still be different. Plus a shorter girl with a sturdier build might have more strength and be able to "help" more in a lot of the moves and can afford to be more muscular/sturdier because their weight will still likely be low. You see the same issue a lot in gymnastics, the taller gymnasts tend to be slighter in build, but oftentimes they are less consistent and not as stable, and once you reach a certain height threshold, it becomes very hard to be successful at all. For singles Becky and Ashley are still in a normal height range, towards the taller end for sure but not above the threshold of maybe 5'7" or 5'8", but for pairs, unless they get a partner like Simon Shnapir and even then, I'm skeptical how well they will faire long term, my thoughts being injuries are probably likely to occur.
Becky Bereswill tweeted this photo today of the 7 pairs currently training at Detroit SC:
"Kicking off summer training @dscclub! #pairsparty" http://pic.twitter.com/RmnLBsWpCE
L to R: Madeleine Gallagher/Jonathon Horton (US novice), Narumi Takahashi/Ryuichi Kihara (JPN), Aya Takai/Brian Johnson (US junior), Stefania Berton/Ondrej Hotarek (ITA), Becky Bereswill/Joshua Reagan (US senior), Sumire Suto/Konstantin Chizhikov (new JPN/US team), Kaitlin Budd/Nikita Cheban (US junior).
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Just to play devil's advocate here, S/S won Skate America with only a 2twist in 2011 (they were working on a new entrance to the twist that season, IIRC). Granted, they already have plenty of other qualities to their skating and a score of 124 is actually on the low side for them.
Plus Skate America is early in the season and the GP is set up so that the major competitors don't skate head-to-head as much as possible.
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