I don't think Yankowskas has any realistic chances of obtaining British citizenship in 4 years, especially considering they train in the US.
Caitlin would need to be here full time for five years before being able to apply for British citizenship under current rules.
'The one. The only. Daisuke Takahashi ' Chris Howarth, EurosportUK
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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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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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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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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