Meet “The Trio”

Sylvia

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Chen and Ponsart met through a mutual friend and they started hanging out off the ice. Before long, Chen moved into an apartment that was a two-minute walk from Ponsart and Bell's and spent most of his time at their apartment.
"Romain is one of the nicest guys ever, and he really made me feel at home," Chen said. "He's someone I can trust with everything, who I know is always there if I need him – to the extent I'm almost calling him family."
"I respect him a lot because he's so humble and also he has so much respect for everybody," Ponsart said of Chen. "He's someone who can have fun but when something is serious, he's going to help you, he's going to do it."
After communicating largely through Google Translate at the start of their relationship, Bell helped Ponsart learn English. He is now fluent; meanwhile, Bell admitted that her French still needs a lot of work.
"Actually, I had to improve my English a lot because of Nathan," Ponsart said. "He's speaking so fast and I don't know how to explain it in English but a little bit with a low voice and cutting some words. I remember when I met Nathan, I was saying to Mariah, 'I don't know what he is saying!'"
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The trio has not been together in a year. Ponsart went to France late in 2019 to renew his visa. He last saw Chen in Italy for the Grand Prix of Figure Skating Final and Bell in Switzerland with her family in December. Then the *********-19 ********* hit, which meant his appointment at the embassy continues to get pushed back and so does his timeline for leaving France.

Ponsart currently lives and trains in a remote town [Vaujany] where he is only allowed to leave his apartment to skate. In the meantime, the trio does group video chats nearly every day.
 
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feraina

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They’re too cute. I’m feeling lazy. Can someone remind me how old these skaters are?
 

feraina

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Mariah -24, Romain -28, Nathan - 21
Hmm. Is Romain that much younger than Adam or Ashley? I’m a little surprised that Nathan said he couldn’t be very close to the latter two because of the age difference but got along instantly with Romain.
 

Amy L

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Hmm. Is Romain that much younger than Adam or Ashley? I’m a little surprised that Nathan said he couldn’t be very close to the latter two because of the age difference but got along instantly with Romain.

Not really. Adam is 31 and Ashley is 29. Maybe Romain is at the cut-off age for generational understanding. Or perhaps Nathan and Romain have a bromance that surpasses time and space.
 

jlai

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My suspicion is that Adam and Wagner were the top dogs in the rink and perhaps "in charge" too. Remember Adam helped organize Raf's schedule? Wagner probably had a life outsdie the rink too. So perhaps they acted more like elder siblings, more so than Romain.
 

Ena Grins

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From this article, it sounds like Mariah and Romain haven't been able to see each other in almost a year...which is a really long time to be separated from your partner. I just want to say, that cannot be easy and I really hope situations change enough that they can be together soon.
 

blue_idealist

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This may be an unpopular opinion amongst the millennials,but I do not find these pseudo-polyamorous relationships amusing and firmly believe this is something we shall not openly celebrate. It's unnatural.

-BB

What I'm a bit disturbed by is Bell and Ponsart starting a relationship when they couldn't really communicate with each other (besides physically :p).
 

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