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Yankowskas and Coughlin Announce End of Partnership

Discussion in 'Great Skate Debate' started by babbyrabbit, May 4, 2011.

  1. sk9tingfan

    sk9tingfan Well-Known Member

    Just got a text message from a friend who is very reliable in terms of her sources. Supposedly, he confirmed that he will be skating with Caydee Denney. What a mistake if this is really true! :eek:
  2. MikiAndoFan#1

    MikiAndoFan#1 Well-Known Member

    I really hope that's not true. :eek:
  3. Smiley0884

    Smiley0884 Well-Known Member

    Please tell me this is a joke!!!! I know nothing about U.S. pairs gossip, but does anyone know if Caitlin and John were romantically involved? If he still is skating they must have had a personal falling out?
  4. headdesk

    headdesk New Member


    But why? They were doing so well!
  5. talulabell

    talulabell Well-Known Member

    I cant imagine he'd leave such a superior partner. Caitlin is miles above Caydee. The original article I read said the she would look for a new partner, while he would like to remain involved in skating. To me, that sounds more like a retirement (maybe go into coaching).
  6. rfisher

    rfisher Will you rise like a phoenix or be a burnt chicken

    If so, he is dead to me. She's nowhere near the skater Caitlin is. That 6th place finish at Worlds was the best he'll get.
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  7. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    I could see him maybe thinking it won't get much better than this... Considering his posture, lines, etc., and how difficult it is to ever improve/correct things that sometimes you are either have or you don't, he really might feel he has maxed out on his ability. (Then again as a team, I felt he and Caitlin were making great strides and still had room to improve.) But I would really hope that money isn't a main factor in this. That would be too sad. If a US Champion pair skater is struggling so much financially he feels compelled to quit, there isn't much hope for lower-ranking pairs.
  8. tapper88

    tapper88 New Member

    They seemed to really get along well.. I'm very shocked they ended their partnership.
  9. blue_idealist

    blue_idealist Well-Known Member

    If he's going to skate with Caydee he's crazy. I hope Caitlin gets another partner and they do better than him and Caydee.
  10. headdesk

    headdesk New Member

    If this is true, I have to wonder what the hell he's thinking (presuming he's the one that ended the partnership, which I get the feeling he was). :confused:
  11. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    Hope it's just a case of something lost in retweeting/retexting. Perhaps as simple as the "not" in "not considering Caydee" got dropped.
  12. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    Too bad!
    I wonder what the "backstory" is?
  13. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    Oh my god. I actually don't think it would be awful... Denney is stronger in terms of throws, seems to be capable of more difficult lifts (although her positions are really suspect), etc... But I really question dumping Caitlin for her. Who's to say Caitlin wouldn't have improved any further in terms of difficulty in throws and what not? And she has some qualities Denney just doesn't have. Poor girl. You would think 6th in the world would be enough to keep the pair together another year at least. Darn.
  14. BigB08822

    BigB08822 Well-Known Member

    I thought this had to be a mistake or an April Fools joke that got bumped up. That is just too bad. I am sure there is a very valid reason for whomever decided to end this. I just hope it isn't over something like money. If it is the then USFS needs to step in and see what they can do to support their best team in a long time who just finished top 6 at Worlds.

    If he is leaving his partner for Caydee then...just wow. I can only assume he committed to her BEFORE their huge success and he wont or can't go back on his word.
  15. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    Not a surprise. I wish John well. Now Caitlin should look for her own "Trankov."
  16. Loves_Shizuka

    Loves_Shizuka The Stolbova/Klimov and James/Cipres Uber

    My god. So much since worlds finished has been so :watch: worthy. It's not even been a week! :lol:
  17. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

  18. dinakt

    dinakt Well-Known Member

    Well, I hope Caitlin finds a stellar partner ASAP. How's Bryce Davison's injury?
    She has the ability to hold the spectator's attention like very few skaters do. Please let her keep skating, and with somebody great.
  19. stjeaskategym

    stjeaskategym Well-Known Member

    I guess the rumor that Caydee would have a partner by the end of the month wasn't so far-fetched after all. I just don't see huge benefits in dumping Caitlin for her, but I guess from a technical standpoint, it would make a tiny bit of sense. Still sad though.
  20. AliasJohnDoe

    AliasJohnDoe Headcase Addict

    When he was looking for a partner last year, I was thinking to myself Caitlin Yankowskas would be "perfect" for him. She's tiny.
  21. OlieRow

    OlieRow Well-Known Member

    What?! They'd had such a break through year that this will make no sense unless one of them is retiring. I really hope it's not financial, but if it was I'd hope USFS would have tried to help somehow.

    ETA: If Bryce is up to the challenge, I can see him with Caitlin. I hope she finds a strong partner. As for Denney/Coughlin, his lines aren't the greatest but I was okay with it because 1) he seemed like such a great guy and 2) Caitlin grabbed most of my attention. I don't think Caydee would do it.
  22. manleywoman

    manleywoman podcast mistress

    This is the strangest break-up I've ever heard. Makes no sense at all.

    (And if it is true that he is going to Caydee, then he's an idiot. But I assume it's still speculation that he's switching to Caydee.)
  23. kwanfan1818

    kwanfan1818 I <3 Kozuka

    It's hard to imagine USFS releasing Yankowskas. Davison was born in the US and I assume has dual citizenship, and he's already sat out the year. They would look beautiful together, considering his line and skating skills. And they'd really bring the pretty.

    It makes a lot of sense, since he looks like Morozov with Volosozhar compared to her. Denney is much less refined, and Coughlin is more physically suited to her.


    If both have new partners next season, the new teams qualify for the GP alternates list.

    With the new proposals to choose based on rankings, would they use the ranking of the previous partnership, or would they go to the bottom with no ranking?
    Last edited: May 4, 2011
  24. kwanette

    kwanette Fetalized since 1998

    I'm in shock...
  25. Cloudy_Gumdrops

    Cloudy_Gumdrops New Member

    I think it was stated in the D&D thread that Bryce does have dual citizenship.

    I think they'd be a beautiful pair providing his injury isn't too serious and he was willing to skate for the US.

    And I agree with some of the above posters. If John did dump Caitlin for Denney, then he's a freaking idiot.
  26. Debbie S

    Debbie S Well-Known Member

    Can Bryce still skate at an elite level? I know he's recovered, but I thought his condition was chronic and could happen again at any time.
  27. isamelia

    isamelia Active Member

    Maybe Yankowskas wants to move back to Boston to train and Coughlin wants to stay in the Springs? What is Ben Okolski doing these days?
  28. Skittl1321

    Skittl1321 Well-Known Member

    I asked a coach at our rink (a former pairs skater, contemporary to all the current seniors) this weekend if he had heard anything about Coughlin supposedly stopping skating with Yankowskas. His response was essentially "No, no one has said anything about that. Why would he do that?" I said I had heard he'd be skating with Denney, and was told "that's stupid".

    I'm sad to say it seems like the internet was right. (Although if John is just ready to retire, that's another matter...)
  29. flowerpower

    flowerpower Well-Known Member

    Too soon to tell. :(
  30. Frau Muller

    Frau Muller #1 Dick Button Fan

    No. Rockne is little for a pairs guy. Caitlin needs and deserves a tall, lean Trankov type.