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Kevin van der Perren wants to try pair skating

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by la.louise, Sep 10, 2012.

  1. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    I thought of her right away. She's close by in Switzerland. Too bad he couldn't go to ice dance though and pair up with Khokhlova.. on second thought, what am I thinking? KVDP.. ICE DANCE?!!!!!
  2. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    So is Sandra Lee !!!
  3. Domshabfan

    Domshabfan A proud P/C fan

    If Andreev can do Ice dancing so can KVDP..:p

    As for KVDp being a great example... i would remind you that if he has back problem already, pairs is a bad idea, unless he wants to end up like Mohd. Ali... or he is hoping for his pair's partner to lift him, he is may be looking for his Anissina...
  4. Japanfan

    Japanfan Well-Known Member

    I too thought it was a joke, but if Kevin doesn't feel ready to hang up his skates and wants to give pairs a try, why not? He probably has no illusions about his potential as a pairs skater, but he'll probably still receive funding, which could be a major incentive. He's been pretty tenacious and determined over the years, continuing to keep going even though his results weren't that great relatively speaking. And during that time he has had a few great moments that really thrilled him. He is obviously skating mostly for himself and if it continues to give him motivation and satisfaction, again - why not?
  5. nubka

    nubka Well-Known Member

    Good luck, Kevin - go for it!! :respec:
  6. Aussie Willy

    Aussie Willy Hates both vegemite and peanut butter

    :lol: It is the obvious choice.

    I think if he wants to give it a go then so be it. Really in the scheme of things there are not that many pairs in the world and if it gets pairs happening in his country then that is not such a bad thing.
  7. Marco

    Marco Well-Known Member

    BEST IDEA EVER - skate pairs with Fumie Suguri :eek:

    Seriously, he barely has enough power across the ice for himself - to think he will need all the power for lifts, twists and throws as well, is just, well, surreal.
  8. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    Actually, that was my annual non-sarcastic post. So everything I post until sometime in 2013 you can assume is sarcasm. :D
  9. TAHbKA

    TAHbKA Well-Known Member

    Checking the calendar. Nope, it's not April 1st. What am I missing?
  10. Andrey aka Pushkin

    Andrey aka Pushkin Brezina's Nemesis

    He is one of the higher single skaters out there, it's just that he's powerfully built, so he looks shorter.

    So, good luck to him, I have always wondered what would a pairs program to a bombastic soundtrack look like.
  11. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    I checked the ISU bio, it says he's 1.77 - tallish for singles, short for pairs. He's taller than Szolkowy and Tran, though.

    Well, B/L did the Man in the Iron Mask two years ago, didn't they? But I think KvdP's version would look different for many reasons ;)

    I like him, but I'm kind of mystified by this new career path. The IN interview he did after Worlds didn't give the sense that he wanted to continue as a competitive skater. OTOH, considering how many times he's retired and unretired, I guess we should have seen this coming...
  12. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    If his dream was to be a pairs skater, he's left it a bit late. :shuffle:
  13. TAHbKA

    TAHbKA Well-Known Member

    I read it `if his dream was to be a skater....':slinkaway
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  14. berthesghost

    berthesghost Well-Known Member

    He's partnering up with Fumie? :p
  15. Ziggy

    Ziggy Well-Known Member

    Andreev had quite good basic skating. VPD, on the other hand... :shuffle:
  16. Andrey aka Pushkin

    Andrey aka Pushkin Brezina's Nemesis

    Andreev had quite good mom :shuffle:
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  17. orbitz

    orbitz Well-Known Member

    If KVP is taller than pair skaters Robin S. and Tran then how can be be "short for pairs" ? :p
  18. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    Because they are very short for pairs and skating with female partners who are quite petite? Obviously most of the pairs guys are 1.80 or taller, and we've seen those who are shorter struggle to find good partners (e.g. Rockne Brubaker). There are fewer options when you can't pair up with anyone taller than 1.55 or so.
  19. halffull

    halffull Life is a beautiful thing

    This will never happen. Dream on KVP ....
  20. DarrellH

    DarrellH New Member

    Maybe he can find someone to be a Maid Marian to his Robin Hood?:D
  21. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    It's really not just about height for a female partner. Yes, pairs skaters are more buffed than other skaters (wispy arms and shoulders don't help with overhead lifts), but some have body types that are just naturally smaller-boned than others.

    I always thought Myriam Leuenberger of Switzerland would have made a good pairs skater, even at 5ft 4 or so. Maybe this is just my natural preference for smaller height differences coming into play, as well. Other than triple twists, I can't really think of another element where good technique couldn't overcome height/weight differences -within reason, of course :D.
  22. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

    Hotness does not a pairs skater make.
    Who will his partner be - a Barbie? :p
    I bet HER footwork would get higher levels than his :p.
    Let it go Kevin, and just sign some of your loincloth pics and sell them.
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  23. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    It's never too late, old-timer... :p
  24. arakwafan2006

    arakwafan2006 Well-Known Member

    Pretty much... Typical athelete who never reached his potential syndrome...
  25. Zemgirl

    Zemgirl Well-Known Member

    Actually, considering his starting point and his skill set, I think KvdP absolutely reached his potential.
  26. miffy

    miffy Well-Known Member

    You guys are all such realists! :lol:

    I think this is fantastic news. Whatever happens it will be interesting and we need more interesting things in skating!
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  27. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Seriously...you'd think he announced he planned to beat S/S and V/M to judge by the 'no way' reponses. Sure it's slightly unrealistic, but it would create some publicity for skating & pairs -at least in Belgium. That's never a bad thing.
    When Olga Bestandigova paired up with Turkish footballer dude, the overall response was a lot more positive in terms of generating interest in pairs in Turkey. Why can't this be more of the same?
  28. PeterG

    PeterG Well-Known Member

    So when Van Der Perren said that he wished to try skating pairs...he did NOT mean that he was stating that he will win the next five Olympic gold medals?
  29. ioana

    ioana Well-Known Member

    Shocking, innnit? Unless of course, he pairs up with Gracie Gold. I heard she's not from Belgium, so there's an excellent chance she's the new partner :p.
  30. kirkbiggestfan

    kirkbiggestfan Well-Known Member