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Freestyle Skaters who have also done Pairs Skating.

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by FSWer, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

    Say,I don't know if we ever have talked about this. But I'm interested to know how many Freestyle Skaters we can think of who do Freestyle most of the time have also done Pairs Skating? For example. I know Jennifer Don has done Pairs. But the majority of the time she's a Freestyle Skater. Anyone else?
  2. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    Paul Wylie.
  3. Allen

    Allen Glad to be back!

    I miss Jennifer Don. I just loved her skating.
  4. AYS

    AYS I'd rather have a pug for my president

    Some of the most successful at both: Ken Shelley, Kristi Yamaguchi, and Rudi Galindo.
  5. paskatefan

    paskatefan Well-Known Member

    Yuka with Jason (as pros)
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  6. officialcoach

    officialcoach New Member

    Jeremy Abbott, Kyoko Ina,Rudy Galindo, Randy Gardner, Ken Shelley,Kristi Yamaguchi.... all competitors in both disciplines, most were medalists in both.
  7. LilJen

    LilJen Reaching out with my hand sensitively

    Rachael Flatt, too.

    The other night I dreamed I did a death spiral--filling in for another pair skater at our rink. . . very very weird.
  8. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member

    Johnny Weir competed in juvenile pairs along with single skating when he first started. He and his partner were the South Atlantic Regional Champions and placed 4th in the 1997 Junior Olympics.
  9. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

    I didn't know he did. Who was his Partner? I would love to see Racheal try Pairs.
  10. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member

    From Wikipedia:

    At the same time, Wylie was competing in pair skating with partner Dana Graham. They won the junior pairs title at the 1980 U.S. nationals. They were coached by John Nicks, commuting to work with him in California. They placed eighth in the senior division at the 1981 U.S. nationals, but then dissolved their partnership when they lost financial sponsorship.
  11. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

    COOL!!! Any photos of them? BTW. were is Dana now? Does she still skate? The name doesn't sound familar.
  12. judiz

    judiz Well-Known Member

  13. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Kyoko Ina competed in singles - she was the Japanese Junior champion and US Junior champion. She finished fourth in Seniors in 1995.
  14. FSWer

    FSWer Well-Known Member

  15. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

  16. ChibiChibi

    ChibiChibi Active Member

    Didn't Rena Inoue also compete in singles? I thought she even went to the Olympics in singles...no?
  17. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    Steven Carr from Australia competed in both pairs and singles for many years.
  18. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    Yeah I thought she did for Japan
  19. Nomad

    Nomad Celebrity cheese-monger

    Yes, she skated in singles until 1998 or so. She was the Japanese silver medalist in 1994 and bronze medalist in 1998, I think.

    ETA: She finished 18th at the 94 Olympics.
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  20. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

    Keegan Messing. Used to skate with Ellie Gottstein.

    Becky Bereswill.
  21. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    Though more known for pairs (obviously), Jamie Sale and David Pelletier both competed in singles and had some success.

    David was 4th at the 1995 Canadians (2nd in the SP!!) in senior mens, and Jamie was 5th in senior ladies the same year (3rd in junior the year before) and was 12th at junior worlds that year. She also came 6th in 1998.

    IIRC, didn't Kurt Browning dabble in pairs a bit in his free time? Maybe back when he was training alongside Kristi Yamaguchi?

    And as I mentioned in the Fedor/Jana thread, Fedor and Jenny Kirk tried pairs for a while, though his back troubles (and, I'm assuming, citizenship issues with the two) caused the end of that.
  22. Sylvia

    Sylvia Prepping for club comp. season!

    I think she was taller than he was when they competed together at Intermediate Nationals several years ago! :lol:

    Becky Bereswill will make her pairs debut at 2011 US Nationals (Senior) with Trevor Young. She decided not to try and qualify for Nationals in singles this season.

    Felicia Zhang is the only skater who will compete in two Senior events at 2011 US Nationals -- Ladies and Pairs (with Taylor Toth). She's also the only U.S. skater to have competed internationally this fall in two disciplines (JGP singles in Dresden, Germany) and pairs at Nebelhorn, Skate America and TEB.

    Rachael Flatt's former partner, Andrew Speroff (with whom she won the 2004 Intermediate Pairs title), will make his Senior Pairs debut at 2011 US Nationals with Gretchen Donlan.

    ryanbfan, I'm surprised you didn't mention Ryan Bradley! ;) He and Tiffany Vise competed at 1998 Nationals and placed 6th in Novice Pairs.
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  23. bardtoob

    bardtoob Former Choreographer for Anna Maria Tragikova

  24. jjane45

    jjane45 Active Member

    What about singles, pairs, AND dance? I know Jeremy Abbott competed in all three disciplines, but probably not all at high levels.
  25. ryanbfan

    ryanbfan Active Member

    Bahaha, that's right! It says on his wiki article and I've read the damn thing so many times I should've known :duh:

    Ashley Cain currently competes as a Junior lady and Junior pairs team with Joshua Reagan.
  26. screech

    screech Well-Known Member

    Until 2007 Meagan Duhamel was better known as a singles skater, having won the junior Canadian title in 2003, coming 4th in senior ladies in 2006, and 5th at 4CC that same year. Her first partner, Ryan Arnold competed nationally in singles for a while too (never doing much, but having qualified for the LP on occasion), and her current partner, Eric Radford, competed solely in singles until 2005, and IIRC he was one year the junior national champion in mens.
  27. alij

    alij Active Member

    Going back in time Cynthia Coull competed at 85 Worlds in pairs and ladies. At that time, I seem to remember, other canadian skaters also trained/tested all disciplines Lyndon Johnston passed Gold test at Singles, Pairs and Dance.
  28. attyfan

    attyfan Well-Known Member

    I recall reading somewhere that Maxim Marinnin (sp?) started out as a singles skater, but decided he could never make it (against Plush, Yags, etc.) and switched to pairs.
  29. madm

    madm Well-Known Member

    Adding to the list -

    Current competitors: Amanda Dobbs, Mary Beth Marley, Lindsay Davis

    Past competitors: John Baldwin (OK he might be current but should retire soon!), Nancy Kerrigan, Naomi Nari Nam

    Honestly, all pair skaters skated singles before they started doing pairs, it's just a matter of how far they went with their singles skating. Quite a few of the current U.S. senior pair girls were competing in singles just 2 years ago. There seems to be a trend of pair guys looking for strong girl jumpers to convert to pair skaters. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it just looks like the singles skaters never quite master the pair elements (e.g. Caydee Denney who has great jumps but horrendous death spirals and lift positions).
  30. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member


    1980 Dana Graham & Paul Wylie

    Dick Button singled Paul out for special praise at the Exhibition in Atlanta. (I was there).
    He performed magnificently, in both singles and pairs.