Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by flyingsit, Jun 2, 2011.
Wow. Wasn't expecting that at all.
The Skate Canada release has some comments from Mike Slipchuk
OMG ! What a shock !
I loved them. I really hope that Paul Poirier will continue, he is so good.
Here's the link to the Skate Canada press release titled "Canadian Champions Crone and Poirier end 10-year skating partnership": http://www.skatecanada.ca/AboutUs/NewsDetails/tabid/2157/sni/929/language/en-US/Default.aspx
This took me by surprise in 1 way but not another. Granted I never got into this particular team, but all season long they've been consistent on the GP, made the podium but at Worlds were clearly beaten by W & P. Maybe Paul will find another partner.
I'm happy they won their national title. Hope V & M and W & P stay for Sochi!!
Personal issues? If so, you'd think they'd been together long enough and had also reached a mature enough age to work things out... unless they had a Dube/Davison situation and things got awkward fast.
Technical/artistic issues? Having said the above, you'd think they're also both young enough to work through and grow out of any flaws.
Money? They're reigning national champions so shouldn't they have a much easier time with funding and sponsors than, say, if they were ranked 10th in Canada?
The only thing I can think of is the relative lack of a physical size difference as compared to other teams? - if that was an issue, it must be difficult to do the increasingly complicated lifts that we see in ice dance.
Sad to see, since they had such a strong start this past season and they were very enjoyable to watch as they rose up the ranks the last few years.
this is quite the dramatik off season
I remember being impressed with them when I went to NHK in 2009 because of their athleticism; they did double axels in their exhibition piece. I was also impressed by their performance at Skate Canada in 2010 and really loved their long program choreographed to Ellen O'Rigby. Unfortunately, their performance levels went down from there.
We met Paul Poirier's father in McDonalds; he started talking to us and asked if we had a skater. He was really surprised when we told him that we were really big skating fans.
This is another shock for the season, but I guess that it's now or never in preparation for the 2014 Olympics.
Wow big shock Hope they are happy in their future careers.
Aww, I like those 2 a lot.
Poirier and Chock? Just putting it out there.
Wow! Shocked...didn't see this coming.
I loved their last two free dances, particularly how they performed them on the GP. Their choreography, use of theme, and ability to set a mood in their programs was top notch. I had hoped to watch them perform for several more years.
first of the off season??
What Genevieve said...
Wow - I didn't see this coming! I really liked these two - hope Paul can find another partner.
Now this is a shock. I wasn't a fan but still
Wow. I didn't expect that.
Your nominations for next unexpected breakup/pairing:
1. Virtue/Moir break up, saying they have loathed each other for years and couldn't stand it any more.
2. Yankowskas pairs up with a completely healed and newly balletic Jeremy Barrett.
3. Inoue/Baldwin announce their intention to skate throughout Rena's pregnancy and broadcast the birth on Ice Network.
This is a really weird off-season.
I can see that!
I certainly wasn't expecting that. Maybe Vanessa just felt she was done and had achieved everything she wanted in the sport (going to the Olympics is a career-goal for many athletes, and winning Nationals another). On the other hand, after their quick rise in the ranks, their career wasn't going to continue that way and they must have realized it. At the GPF and the 4 Conts they were lucky to take their medals. They were surpassed by a couple of teams at Worlds. I'm not saying that they wouldn't have had a chance to come back strong and reach the World podium in the future, but it would have been difficult.
Wow this is a surprise. I thought they still had plenty of unrealized potential on the World level. I really liked their style and enjoyed seeing different choreography. I hope Paul is lucky in finding a worthy partner soon, since the building process takes so long. In any case I wish them both success with their plans.
What a shame. They were such a unique and interesting team. I looked forward to seeing their new programs every year. Good luck to Paul in his search for a new partner. Its a pity that hes not the one going back to singles. Hes beautiful freeskater.
:blinks: I admit, I wasn't expecting that one. I thought they'd made significant improvements over last year, and that they had a nice rivalry going with Weaver/Poje.
In the immortal words of Beavis and Butt-head, this sucks worse than anything has ever sucked before
They had great programs this year and I was really looking forward to seeing them develop into further greatness. But if Vanessa feels she has achieved what she set out to achieve, then more power to her.
I second the idea of Poirier and Chock. Make it happen!!