Was totally surprised by this news. I thought I saw Caitlin in the opening shots of Skate America on IN. There was a pretty blonde in a white dress doing a spin. If it wasn't her who was it?
I saw them practicing last week in Canton when I stopped by (had no idea who the guy was), but I was too scared of Johnny Johns and Marina's papered windows to go all the way into the rink and watch.
'The one. The only. Daisuke Takahashi ' Chris Howarth, EurosportUK
The USFS has a release policy, but it's not published. One that was leaked around 2006 or 7 had one standard for skaters who had certain results, but another auto-release standard for those who hadn't, although USFS can grant a release sooner. It's possible she'd met the current criteria when given her release.
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"The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy
Also, the British federation isn't able to support their athletes at all and from what I know the skaters are paying their own expenses when travelling to international competitions.
Hmmm, after reading the entire thread, it is my humble opinion that they're in love and will get married soon, thus they do not have to worry about Caitlyn getting instant British citizenship.
I'm just really happy that she found a partner, and he seems like a great guy judging from the video and comments. Also, I think they should have no problem being the #1 GRB pair team, and all the rewards that follow (aka Euros, Worlds, Olympics). The world is their oyster!
THRILLED for Caitlyn to finally have found a partner - gutted that she won't be skating for the US, but I wish her and Gaman the best of luck. She's had some unfortunate luck, and it's a shame that a lady of her talent had such difficulty finding a partner. I look forward to seeing and hearing about how this new team develops
This is a great news. Thrilled to see Caitlin skate/compete again!
Maybe she'll marry him, just to get citizenship? A la Navka and Morozov?
I think if you marry a British person it cuts the 5 year wait to 3.
I'm thrilled that Caitlin has a new pairs partner. All the best to them!
Congratulations to them both. People so underestimate how INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT it is to be a practitioner of the sport of pair skating. Even if you have the talent, resources, body type/look, coaching, etc., it takes a certain amount of "luck" - to find a partner and stay together through thick and thin. The nationality issue is another huge dilemma, so it's something to be grateful that the federations understand somewhat in this regard for this discipline.
Good luck to them both.
I wonder if they considered skating for the U.S. instead of GBR. One of them would have to change citizenship anyhow, so they could have pursued competing for the U.S. On the other hand, it sounds like their path to Worlds/Olympics(?) will be easier in Britain. Interesting to speculate if there's a personal relationship behind the partnership! Is it just me, or did anyone else get the impression that Caitlin & Josh Reagan dated for a while before their partnership broke up??
Gaman's age does worry me, but at the same time it's true that top-level pairs are getting older as a group, I think because it takes so long to develop the difficult pairs skills and gel as partners. So his age isn't ideal, but isn't necessarily a dealbreaker, either.
Btw I love his old-fashioned name "Hamish", can't get any more British than that. jmho.