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    Quote Originally Posted by NadineWhite View Post
    And now there's only Castelli & Schnapir and Caitlin & Hamish skating on that rink....
    I think Shuaghnessy/Morgan are still together?

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    Dang! Really sad to hear about Donlan and Speroff

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    So very sad about Donlan and Speroff. I had heard that he retired and was hoping he would reconsider. It seemed as if he was planning on staying in so I wonder how much the disappointment of Nationals played into his decision. From what I know Donlan is continuing. Speroff has been skating with girlfriend Kylie Duarte and they are planning on doing shows together. There is a video of Duarte and Speroff out on You tube showing some lifts, jumps etc. They look pretty good together, maybe there is hope that they will decide to compete.

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    Rumor has it that Matt Blackmer went to Boston for a tryout with Donlan but I haven't heard anything about the result.

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    ^Nothing will matter, though, until she masters the jumps

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    Quote Originally Posted by yfbg722 View Post
    Rumor has it that Matt Blackmer went to Boston for a tryout with Donlan but I haven't heard anything about the result.
    That was almost two months ago, so it might be safe to say it didn't lead to anything.

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    OMG Castelli run, don't walk, to Speroff NOW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippychick View Post
    Speroff has been skating with girlfriend Kylie Duarte and they are planning on doing shows together. There is a video of Duarte and Speroff out on You tube showing some lifts, jumps etc. They look pretty good together, maybe there is hope that they will decide to compete.
    Duarte and Speroff skate together starting at the 2-minute mark: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2JM2Qww-to
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    Quote Originally Posted by hippychick View Post
    So very sad about Donlan and Speroff. I had heard that he retired and was hoping he would reconsider. It seemed as if he was planning on staying in so I wonder how much the disappointment of Nationals played into his decision. From what I know Donlan is continuing. Speroff has been skating with girlfriend Kylie Duarte and they are planning on doing shows together. There is a video of Duarte and Speroff out on You tube showing some lifts, jumps etc. They look pretty good together, maybe there is hope that they will decide to compete.
    Thanks for the info., hippychick, I know you are a big fan of this pair as well, so I know how you feel.

    I'm so glad I got to see them skate live at Skate America in Kent, Washington, back in 2012:

    http://i761.photobucket.com/albums/x...6/000_8973.jpg

    That said, I do recall them both talking about skating in shows, in particular Andrew mentioned early on that he would like to do well enough in pairs so that they could get a job skating in shows. And I wish him much luck with Kylie Duarte, they look FAB together. I know skating is a very expensive sport and he had to have two jobs to support his skating IIRC.


    Quote Originally Posted by yfbg722 View Post
    Rumor has it that Matt Blackmer went to Boston for a tryout with Donlan but I haven't heard anything about the result.
    Thanks for the info., yfbg722. I still can't get over the fact that Matthew Blackmer is no longer partnered with Britney Simpson, tears, as I thought they were MAGNIFICENT together! Their iconic "Titanic" program remains amongst my all-time favorite programs. But I know they never managed to get a 3twist, most likely b/c he's 5'10" tall and Britney's 5'3". And also she could still be growing, she's only 17 yrs. old. Furthermore, one of them was injured back in the Fall IIIRC. Still, they kicked booty during their short time on the Jr. circuit, gold & silvers, and being the 2013 Jr. National Champions. Here's hoping they both come roaring back with new partners! She's too much of a superstar to not come back (her charisma & elegance & somatyype is reminiscent of Caitlin Yankowskas imho), and Matt is brilliant as well.

    That said, I would love to see what a pairing of Matt & Gretchen would look like? She's a tiny petite 4'11" tall and had no problems with her former partner doing a HUGE 3twist. And like Britney, Gretchen excels in artistry. Unfortunately, they both had problems with the jumps. However, as I mentioned earlier Gretchen started out this past season nailing her solo triples, no UR issues (this after seeing a jump specialist), however her jump problems came back at 2014 Nationals.


    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    ^Nothing will matter, though, until she masters the jumps
    Yes, we know this, do you ever have anything positive to say when it comes to Gretchen? Btw, Andrew is no consistent jumper either. Unfortunately whenever Gretchen nailed her jumps, he missed his, and vice versa. They rarely ever both nailed their jumps at the same time, unfortunately.


    Quote Originally Posted by casken View Post
    OMG Castelli run, don't walk, to Speroff NOW.
    I hope not, Castelli & Schnapir have been together 8 years now, and are doing FAB together.

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    Unfortunately Gretchen has the double whammy of both inconsistency and UR her jumps, although she made significant progress in cleaning up her jumps this past season. Speroff does not have issues UR and is probably as consistent a jumper as most of the other male pair skaters. In fact on the You tube video he lands a very nice DA and two triples, wasn't aware that he also had a 3salchow in addition to the 3toe.

    Gretchen is such a wonderful skater, truly hope she finds someone to match her balletic skills. Will be very sad if Speroff has indeed retired as he is still young enough and has remained fairly injury free. He was one of the few US male pair skaters who skated like a Russion pair skater, and if you ask me that is where the US is lacking in its pairs program.

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    I like both of them, so you're not going to see me praise one more than the other. Also, I don't like it when one, in this case Gretchen, gets the bad rap. It takes two.

    That said, I'm going to miss them as a pair b/c I thought they were matched perfectly in almost every way possible. Both of them skated like Russians imho, which is what made me a fan in the first place. Not to mention they were both aesthetcially gorgeous to look at, especially in person! But alas they join a long list of pair skaters that just couldn't make it work, more's the pity. But this pair in particular remind me of when Stephanie Kalesavich & Aaron Parchem split up, likewise the Stieglers. They had that star quality the same that Donlan & Speroff had. *sigh*

    Enough! I wish them both much luck, and look forward to more US pair skating in the Fall.

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    can't brubaker for gods sake skate with his future with and give hot ondrej to aliona?
    this would be the only constellation i am pleased with after robin

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    Quote Originally Posted by NadineWhite View Post
    ...Yes, we know this, do you ever have anything positive to say when it comes to Gretchen? Btw, Andrew is no consistent jumper either. Unfortunately whenever Gretchen nailed her jumps, he missed his, and vice versa. They rarely ever both nailed their jumps at the same time, unfortunately.
    Sure I do: I like her positions in the lifts, her movement across the ice / musicality, her spins, and I would say she does reasonably well in landing the throw jumps. However, she has trouble landing a double axel and that to me suggests she has a serious mental block when it comes to jumping. This is nothing personal. It's just an observation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hippychick View Post
    He was one of the few US male pair skaters who skated like a Russion pair skater, and if you ask me that is where the US is lacking in its pairs program.
    Agree, but fortunately we have Danny O'Shea to step in. IMO Kayne and O'Shea are one of the U.S.'s most exciting prospects in pairs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BittyBug View Post
    Agree, but fortunately we have Danny O'Shea to step in. IMO Kayne and O'Shea are one of the U.S.'s most exciting prospects in pairs.
    ITA. I'm rooting for them and S/K. I hope the latter shake off the miscues from this past season and find a really defining style

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    Quote Originally Posted by olympic View Post
    ITA. I'm rooting for them and S/K. I hope the latter shake off the miscues from this past season and find a really defining style
    I agree. S/K still have the most potential to do well internationally. The injury Chris had last season really set them back and i think he came back to soon. K/S also have potential. I think Z/B just don't have the big skating and elements to challenge on the international stage and i i wish Marissa Castelli would find another partner to skate with. She's a spitfire and needs someone better then Simon to skate with C/S have never looked like they really belong together. Maybe someone like Timothy LeDuc would be good for Marissa.

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    Is that true that Simon Shnapir has knee problems and does not know if he will continue? Maxim Trankov said so in a recent interview. Here's a link - sorry, it's in Russian. http://fsrussia.ru/news/1189_tatyana...he-interesnej/

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    Quote Originally Posted by temp View Post
    Is that true that Simon Shnapir has knee problems and does not know if he will continue? Maxim Trankov said so in a recent interview. Here's a link - sorry, it's in Russian. http://fsrussia.ru/news/1189_tatyana...he-interesnej/
    http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/show...=1#post4229196
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    Quote Originally Posted by casken View Post
    OMG Castelli run, don't walk, to Speroff NOW.

    I second this!


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    ^Wait, I know Rockne retired, but maybe he can be coaxed out of retirement for Marissa. Shouldn't he be pick #1 for her, if indeed Simon cannot continue?

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