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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    But why pick a partner who's already 30? He can't have many good years left.
    Depends on how he has been taking care of himself. There are some people in their 30s, 40s, and 50s who take better care of themselves and are in much better shape than some teens and 20 somethings. Hamish has been out of commission for 9 years in terms of ISU level competition. It appears he has only done exhibition skating publicly during the time he has been away from competition. It's not like he's been taking countless years of abuse on his body and living through all the rigorous training in practice and massive stress in ISU senior level competition a la John Baldwin Jr. I'm not saying it won't be difficult for them to adjust, but I don't believe it is impossible for them either. It's possible too that they just want to have the experience together and not necessarily the results. Who really knows what their intentions and goals are?

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    I don't think Yankowskas has any realistic chances of obtaining British citizenship in 4 years, especially considering they train in the US.

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    Caitlin would need to be here full time for five years before being able to apply for British citizenship under current rules.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    So he's older and coming out of coaching to skate with her... it's her Stanislav Morozov, except Morozov was around 25 when he started skating with Volosozhar. I wish Caitlin the best of luck. If all they want is to go to the 2018 Olympics and she can get citizenship, that sounds realistic, but if they want international medals, it'll be a tough road starting out at this age... can anyone give some insight on Gaman? Was he considered the stronger or weaker partner in his pairings, what jumps did he have, was he consistent, was he a good lifter, etc?
    This video of him skating solo appears to have been filmed in 2008: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUVafQb4F9w

    He has a very strong build and presence on the ice, which appears to be very accommodating for pairs skating and he has a very solid, reliable 2Axel in this video and he performs a nice, clean 3toe too.

    This video shows him skating in a show with Bridget Namiotka: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhbfXtSYEvI
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skittl1321 View Post
    I'm guessing she is looking for 4 years.
    Or just someone to get her back into international competitions and improve her visibility to make her permanent partner search easier. This guy could be a placeholder.

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    I assume Kemp/King are retiring after this season, so there will be opportunities for Yankowskas/Haman to compete at Europeans/Worlds if all goes well for them.
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    Does everyone need to go to the Olympics? Some people just want to skate and don't need that 'once every four year competition' to make their career.

    I also don't understand why people think because a skater turns a certain age they must retire from competitive skating. Just because a make pairs skater is 30 or 35 doesn't mean they can't/shouldn't compete if they want to.

    I wish them both good luck and hope they are successful!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sylvia View Post
    I assume Kemp/King are retiring after this season, so there will be opportunities for Yankowskas/Haman to compete at Europeans/Worlds if all goes well for them.
    I'm not sure Kemp/King are planning to retire, but Yankowskas/Haman could even go to Europeans this year, GB has two spots - the other competition would come from Amani Fancy/Christopher Boyadji, but I think they don't yet have the FS TES for Europeans.

    Side note: If all these teams turn up at British nationals this year, it will be the first time since 1999 that there have been more than 2 senior pairs entered!

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    Quote Originally Posted by julieann View Post
    Does everyone need to go to the Olympics?
    No, but I think she's said before that it is one of her goals.

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    I doubt that Caitlin Yankowskas is seriously entertaining the thought of representing Great Britain in Pyeongchang. She'd need to move to the U.K. and marry or have civil partnership with a British citizen.

    http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/br...p/eligibility/

    On the other hand, skating with Gaman will keep her busy and at least let her compete at British Nationals this season. After Sochi and Worlds, there may be some splits that will give her opportunities she doesn't have now.

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    She 23 herself. That's not exactly Spring Chicken Time for a pairs girl.

    That said, I'm happy she's found a partner and hope she's happy skating again.
    I'd rather be thought of as absolutely ridiculous than as absolutely boring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatefan View Post
    Caitlin would need to be here full time for five years before being able to apply for British citizenship under current rules.
    Could she not also qualify if one of her parents is British? Does anyone know if she is of British ancestry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by skatefan View Post
    Caitlin would need to be here full time for five years before being able to apply for British citizenship under current rules.
    Could she not also qualify if one of her parents is British? Does anyone know if she is of British ancestry?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jammers View Post
    He can't have many good years left.
    Tell it to the Protopopovs.
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    I am glad that Yankowcas finally found a partner, but I am a little sad that she will skate for another country. In any case, good luck to the new pair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaphyre14 View Post
    She 23 herself. That's not exactly Spring Chicken Time for a pairs girl.
    I was actually surprised recently how old some of the pairs girls are. Volosozhar is 27, Savchenko is 29, Kavaguti is 31 (though she has some major injury issues- but they aren't out this season on her injuries.), Duhamel is 27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yfbg722 View Post
    Could she not also qualify if one of her parents is British?
    If one of her parents is British, she could apply but if the citizenship is via a grandparent then no.
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    I am thrilled for Yankowskas, and am just glad she got a release to skate for another country. Looking forward to seeing this pairing, and I hope it's more successful than Samuelson/Gilles (yes, I know that's ice dance not pairs, but it was another case of a super talented woman partnering up with someone who'd been out of competition for a while...and I was crushed that it didn't last).
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    Quote Originally Posted by skatefan View Post
    If one of her parents is British, she could apply but if the citizenship is via a grandparent then no.
    I have no reason to think she is British, but could her parents apply through the grandparents, and then she could get it through them? Wonder if that takes more than 4 years to get all the paperwork through

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cherub721 View Post
    ...can anyone give some insight on Gaman? Was he considered the stronger or weaker partner in his pairings, what jumps did he have, was he consistent, was he a good lifter, etc?
    IIRC (& this is going back a bit!) he had 3toe, 3loop, 3sal. I might be wrong but he had at least 2 consistent triples anyway.

    He had unfortunate luck with some of his partnerships and was often listed for Nationals but didn't make it. He did make it to Euros one year, when he & Becky were Junior Champions but they couldn't compete due to illness
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