Pairs Discussion Thread 2021-22

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Hi all! Starting a new thread where we can discuss pairs in the 2021-22 Olympic season.

Here are the current pairs assignments for the 2021-22 ISU Grand Prix series:


Here is the results page from the most recent 2021 ISU World Championships:


Last year's season's-best and world standings lists aren't really that useful, as many teams were not included due to the lack of competitions.

Season's-best list from 2019-20:

 

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I wonder if Panfilova Rylov May get the TBD spot at Rosteleco? I didn't see them listed. I hope their fed has not given up on them.
 
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I wonder if Panfiliva Rylov May get the TBD spot at Rosteleco? I didn't see them listed. I hope their fed has not given up on them.


I think we saw a report a while ago that Rylov has had surgery that will involve a long recovery time. I think it's uncertain if they will be able to compete this season.
 

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The top 5 pairs at Cranberry Cup received ISU WS points (ISU Season's World Ranking 2021/2022 Standings as of 21.08.2021): https://results.isu.org/ws/wr2021-22/wrpairs.htm

Re-posting here from the ISU Minimum TES thread in GSD (updated following Cranberry Cup):
Greta Crafoord/John Crafoord SWE - Worlds SP/FS
Emily Chan/Spencer Howe USA - Worlds SP/FS
Chelsea Liu/Danny O'Shea USA - Worlds SP/FS
Katie McBeath/Nathan Bartholomay USA - Worlds SP/FS
Jessica Pfund/Joshua Santillan SUI - Euros/4CCs/Olys SP & Worlds FS
Anastasiia Smirnova/Danil Siianytsia USA - Worlds FS
Hailey Kops/Evgeni Krasnopolski ISR - Euros/4CCs/Olys SP/FS
***Tarasova/Morozov, Knierim/Frazier, Calalang/Johnson & Lu/Mitrofanov already have the Worlds SP/FS mins.
Pfund/Santillan have switched to represent Switzerland while Kops is Krasnopolski's latest partner.

ISU World Standing rankings (last updated 21.08.2021): https://results.isu.org/ws/ws/wspairs.htm

1 2508 Wenjing SUI / Cong HAN CHN
2 2322 Evgenia TARASOVA / Vladimir MOROZOV RUS
3 2319 Anastasia MISHINA / Aleksandr GALLIAMOV RUS
4 2270 Cheng PENG / Yang JIN CHN
5 2248 Aleksandra BOIKOVA / Dmitrii KOZLOVSKII RUS
6 2015 Kirsten MOORE-TOWERS / Michael MARINARO CAN
7 1498 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA
8 1480 Miriam ZIEGLER / Severin KIEFER AUT
9 1324 Ashley CAIN-GRIBBLE / Timothy LEDUC USA
10 1210 Jessica CALALANG / Brian JOHNSON USA
11 1103 Rebecca GHILARDI / Filippo AMBROSINI ITA
12 1096 Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL GER
13 1071 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER
14 1058 Daria PAVLIUCHENKO / Denis KHODYKIN RUS
15 1023 Evelyn WALSH / Trennt MICHAUD CAN
16 929 Riku MIURA / Ryuichi KIHARA JPN
17 863 Alexa KNIERIM / Brandon FRAZIER USA
18 799 Ioulia CHTCHETININA / Mark MAGYAR HUN
19 770 Apollinariia PANFILOVA / Dmitry RYLOV RUS
20 689 Kseniia AKHANTEVA / Valerii KOLESOV RUS
21 667 Alina PEPELEVA / Roman PLESHKOV RUS
22 638 Iuliia ARTEMEVA / Mikhail NAZARYCHEV RUS
23 499 Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN FRA
24 451 Feiyao TANG / Yongchao YANG CHN [SPLIT; he has a new partner named Siyang ZHANG according to this post in GSD]
25 446 Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI GBR
26 431 Audrey LU / Misha MITROFANOV USA
27 393 Huidi WANG / Ziqi JIA CHN
28 379 Diana MUKHAMETZIANOVA / Ilya MIRONOV RUS [SPLIT] - both have competed domestically with new partners: Ekaterina GEINISH/Mironov & Mukhametzianova/Vladislav ANTONYSHEV
29 353 Tae Ok RYOM / Ju Sik KIM PRK
30 319 Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG CHN
31 275 Elizaveta ZHUK / Martin BIDAR CZE
32 247 Anastasiia METELKINA / Daniil PARKMAN GEO
33 229 Anastasiia SMIRNOVA / Danylo SIIANYTSIA USA
34 205 Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE FRA
35 200 Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV BLR
36 193 Kelly Ann LAURIN / Loucas ETHIER CAN
37 182 Emily CHAN / Spencer Akira HOWE USA
38 164 Chelsea LIU / Danny O'SHEA USA (NEW; Cranberry Cup was their international debut)
39 139 Olivia SERAFINI / Mervin TRAN USA [SPLIT]
40 134 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU CRO [SPLIT - is there a source link?]
41 121 Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA NED
42 115 Hyang Mi RO / Kum Chol HAN PRK
42 115 Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII ITA
44 80 Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD SWE
45 76 Motong LIU / Tianze WANG CHN
46 68 Isabelle MARTINS / Ryan BEDARD USA
 
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The first Junior Grand Prix competition (#3) with a pairs event will be next week in Kosice, Slovakia (entries as of Aug. 27): https://results.isu.org/events/jgpsvk2021_JuniorPairs.htm
Pairs will compete on September 2-3, 2021.

The inaugural John Nicks Pairs Challenge (Senior B) at Middle Atlantics (club competition in NYC), Sept. 9-10, 2021 - entries are not yet published online. This is an ISU Minimum Technical Score event.

Lombardia Trophy has a Senior Pairs event that's separate from the Challenger Series comp. (Senior B scheduled for Sept. 11-12, 2021 - thanks for the entries info, @Andrea82!): https://www.facebook.com/IceLabBergamo/posts/1940673649424350
BARQUERO Laura / ZANDRON Marco ESP
"BEARD" (a.k.a. BRODA ;)) Dorota / BETEGON MARTIN Pedro ESP
HAMON Cleo / STREKALIN Denys FRA
KERIVEN Coline / "STONE" (a.k.a. PIERRE ;)) Noel-Antoine FRA
KOVALEV Camille / KOVALEV Pavel FRA
CONTI Sara / MACII Niccolo ITA
"OF" (a.k.a. DELLA ;)) MONICA Nicole / GUARISE Matteo ITA
GHILARDI Rebecca / AMBROSINI Filippo ITA
DANILOVA Daria / TSIBA Michel NED

JGP #4 pairs entries for Krasnoyarsk, Russia (as of Aug. 27): https://results.isu.org/events/jgprus2021_JuniorPairs.htm
Pairs will compete on September 16-17, 2021.

Four Canadian pairs currently are listed for the Autumn Classic International, Sept. 16-18 (a Senior B, like Lombardia Trophy) on Skate Canada's website:
VANESSA JAMES / ERIC RADFORD
LORI-ANN MATTE / THIERRY FERLAND
DEANNA STELLATO-DUDEK / MAXIME DESCHAMPS - Deanna's international debut for Canada
EVELYN WALSH / TRENNT MICHAUD

The other two JGPs with pairs will be #6 in Gdansk, Poland (Sept. 30-Oct. 1), and #7 in Linz, Austria (Oct. 8-9).
 
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40 134 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU CRO [SPLIT - is there a source link?]
I think it was implied on her IG last spring. Neither of them have posted anything on their IGs showing that they're still training together since Worlds.
 

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I think it was implied on her IG last spring. Neither of them have posted anything on their IGs showing that they're still training together since Worlds.
Lana appeared on Ice Partner Search earlier in the year (shortly after Worlds, if I remember correctly). Her biography has since been removed, so perhaps she's found a new partner?
 

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Does anyone KNOW anything about Sui/Han? Are they healthy? What are they up to? What music have they chose
 

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Pairs (3 Olympic spots) - 2021 Nebelhorn entries as of Sept. 1: http://www.isuresults.com/events/csger2021_Pairs.htm
Entries
No. Name Nation
1 Anastasia GOLUBEVA / Hektor GIOTOPOULOS MOORE AUS 1 (new team)
Campbell YOUNG / Lachlan LEWER AUS 1 S
2 Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV BLR 2
3 Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG CHN 3 (for a 3rd spot)
4 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU CRO 4 (still together)
5 Laura BARQUERO / Marco ZANDRON ESP 5

Dorota BRODA / Pedro BETEGON MARTIN ESP 5 S
6 Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN FRA 6
Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE FRA 6 S
7 Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI GBR 7
Anastasia VAIPAN-LAW / Luke DIGBY GBR 7 S
8 Karina SAFINA / Luka BERULAVA GEO 8 (new team)
Anastasiia METELKINA / Daniil PARKMAN GEO 8 S
9 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 9 N
10 Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL GER 9 N
11 Hailey KOPS / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 10 (new team)
12 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 11 N
Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII ITA 11 S,N
13 Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA NED 12
14 Anna HERNIK / Michal WOZNIAK POL 13 (competed domestically in 2020-21 but not yet internationally)
15 Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD SWE 14
16 Sofiia HOLICHENKO / Artem DARENSKYI UKR 15


S - Substitute Entry
N - not for Olympic Qualifying

No PRK pair team this time around.
 
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Lana appeared on Ice Partner Search earlier in the year (shortly after Worlds, if I remember correctly). Her biography has since been removed, so perhaps she's found a new partner?
Or maybe they decided to continue together. Similar situation was a few years ago. She was on icepartnersearch, everyone thought they split up, and then they appeared together again.
 

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Or maybe they decided to continue together. Similar situation was a few years ago. She was on icepartnersearch, everyone thought they split up, and then they appeared together again.
My early morning thought, looking at the Nebelhorn list, was they're giving it one last try. If they make they Olympics, they'll stay together through at least February and if not, they'll be done by the end of this month, lol.
 

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Pairs (3 Olympic spots) - 2021 Nebelhorn entries as of Sept. 1: http://www.isuresults.com/events/csger2021_Pairs.htm
Entries
No. Name Nation
1 Anastasia GOLUBEVA / Hektor GIOTOPOULOS MOORE AUS 1 (new team)
Campbell YOUNG / Lachlan LEWER AUS 1 S
2 Bogdana LUKASHEVICH / Alexander STEPANOV BLR 2
3 Yuchen WANG / Yihang HUANG CHN 3 (for a 3rd spot)
4 Lana PETRANOVIC / Antonio SOUZA KORDEIRU CRO 4 (still together)
5 Laura BARQUERO / Marco ZANDRON ESP 5

Dorota BRODA / Pedro BETEGON MARTIN ESP 5 S
6 Cleo HAMON / Denys STREKALIN FRA 6
Coline KERIVEN / Noel-Antoine PIERRE FRA 6 S
7 Zoe JONES / Christopher BOYADJI GBR 7
Anastasia VAIPAN-LAW / Luke DIGBY GBR 7 S
8 Karina SAFINA / Luka BERULAVA GEO 8 (new team)
Anastasiia METELKINA / Daniil PARKMAN GEO 8 S
9 Minerva Fabienne HASE / Nolan SEEGERT GER 9 N
10 Annika HOCKE / Robert KUNKEL GER 9 N
11 Hailey KOPS / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI ISR 10 (new team)
12 Nicole DELLA MONICA / Matteo GUARISE ITA 11 N
Sara CONTI / Niccolo MACII ITA 11 S,N
13 Daria DANILOVA / Michel TSIBA NED 12
14 Anna HERNIK / Michal WOZNIAK POL 13 (competed domestically in 2020-21 but not yet internationally)
15 Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD SWE 14
16 Sofiia HOLICHENKO / Artem DARENSKYI UKR 15


S - Substitute Entry
N - not for Olympic Qualifying

No PRK pair team this time around.

Does the USA not send anyone because we can only send 2 teams to Olys no matter what?

But even so why not send a team for the competetion experience?
 

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From the 2021 Nebelhorn Announcement:

"There will, in principle, be a total of 30 competitors in each individual discipline, 16 Pairs and 25 Ice Dance couples."

ETA:
Anyone know if they are still competing?
Not sure if we will ever know unless Ryom/Kim show up at another international comp. in the future.
 

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Is there any info available about the John Nicks Pairs Challenge at Middle Atlantics?
The event is coming up next week.
 

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Is there any info available about the John Nicks Pairs Challenge at Middle Atlantics?
Russia's Alina Pepeleva/Roman Pleshkov are in the U.S. now and are supposed to compete in NYC, according to Nina Mozer.

I was told there are 4(!) groups of Senior pairs and 2 groups of Junior. When the entries are published online I will post them here as well as create a thread in the Kiss & Cry forum.
 

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Russia's Alina Pepeleva/Roman Pleshkov are in the U.S. now and are supposed to compete in NYC, according to Nina Mozer.

I was told there are 4(!) groups of Senior pairs and 2 groups of Junior. When the entries are published online I will post them here as well as create a thread in the Kiss & Cry forum.
That's amazing! Hazarding a wild guess that this event, like Cranberry Cup last month, will include most/all of the US senior teams (especially since none of them are entered in ACI the next weekend). That would be 8 teams right there - Knierim/Frazier, Calalang/Johnson, Cain-Gribble/LeDuc, Lu/Mitrofanov, Chan/Howe, McBeath/Bartholomay, Liu/O'Shea, Smirnova/Siianytsia. I also expect that Hops/Krasnopolski and the Crafoords will be there, and we know about Pepeleva/Pleshkov which brings us to 11.

The other five... Maybe Moore-Towers/Marinaro? They aren't registered for ACI. Are there any other Canadian teams not registered for ACI that could be going? Pfund/Santillan are registered for ACI the following weekend but maybe they plan on doing both? Same with Austria's Choinard/Mayr, especially since they haven't competed internationally at all as far as I know and they need to earn the TES minimums in order to compete at Euros. Not sure if the Philippines' Gamez/Korovin are competition ready but if so, they could be a possibility.
 

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Holy cow, Batman!!! We have a new contender in the Olympic Pairs Spots race!

Barquero/Zandron just won the FS at Lombardia. They weren't setting the world on fire and Della Monica/Guarise are continuing their decline as a top level pair but still...

After last weekend's JGP Kosice and this weekend's Lombardia Trophy & John Nicks Pairs Challenge, six of the 13 teams vying for the 3 Olympics spots have competed already this season, and a seventh will make their team debut at next weekend's JGP Krasnoyarsk. Here is how the field is shaping up so far, using PBs from the teams that have yet to debut. I realize some of the PBs are a couple years old or from junior competitions, and as far as I can tell, H/D from Ukraine don't have an international PB so I used their 2021 Ukrainian Nationals score, but this gives us a pretty good idea of who is in the mix at Nebelhorn.

Barquero/Zandron ESP 184.94 Lombardia
Safina/Berulava GEO 168.26 JGP Kosice
Kops/Krasnopolski ISR 165.85 John Nicks Pairs Challenge
Petranovic/Souza Kordeiru CRO (season debut @Nebelhorn) PB 153.99 2019 Worlds
Jones/Boyadji GBR (season debut @Nebelhorn) PB 153.70 2019 Worlds
Hamon/Strekalin FRA 152.20 Lombardia
Wang/Huang CHN (season debut @Nebelhorn) PB 152.10 2020 Jr Worlds
Crafoord/Crafoord SWE 148.59 John Nicks Pairs Challenge
Lukashevich/Stepanov BLR (season debut @Nebelhorn) PB 145.55 2021 Worlds
Holichenko/Darenskyi UKR (season debut @Nebelhorn) PB 136.90 2021 Ukrainian Nationals
Danilova/Tsiba NED 133.87 Lombardia

Golubeva/Giotopoulos Moore AUS (team debut @JGP Krasnoyarsk next weekend)
Hernik/Wozniak POL (team debut @Nebelhorn)
 
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Re-posting here from the Israeli skating news thread in GSD:
This week, at the 2021 John Nicks Pairs Challenge, Krasnopolski's new partnership looked a lot better than one month ago at Cranberry Cup.
Score up from 124.97 to 165.85. Minimums for Worlds done.
The inaugural John Nicks International Pairs Challenge Senior & Junior results (like at Lombardia Trophy & Cranberry Cup, the top 5 Sr. teams receive ISU WS points but scores don't count for ISU PB/SB): https://ijs.usfigureskating.org/leaderboard/results/2021/30137/index.asp
Top 9 in Senior:
1 Alexa KNIERIM / Brandon FRAZIER 76.09 (1) 136.46 (1) 212.55
2 Jessica CALALANG / Brian JOHNSON 67.33 (2) 129.36 (2) 196.69
3 Audrey LU / Misha MITROFANOV 66.16 (4) 129.04 (3) 195.20
4 Chelsea LIU / Danny O'SHEA 66.67 (3) 110.78 (5) 177.45
5 Alina PEPELEVA / Roman PLESHKOV (RUS) 62.51 (5) 112.11 (4) 174.62
6 Emily CHAN / Spencer HOWE 59.77 (6) 110.31 (6) 170.08
7 Hailey KOPS / Evgeni KRASNOPOLSKI (ISR) 55.76 (8) 110.09 (7) 165.85
8 Katie MCBEATH / Nathan BARTHOLOMAY 56.41 (7) 105.28 (8) 161.69
9 Greta CRAFOORD / John CRAFOORD (SWE) 49.05 (10) 99.54 (9) 148.59

ETA that the first ISU Challenger Series competition with pairs will be at Autumn Classic International next week (9 teams listed now but the status of Austria's Choinard/Mayr is uncertain after their withdrawal from Nicks - reportedly she was injured in practice before the SP :(): https://results.isu.org/events/cscan2021_Pairs.htm
 
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Barquero/Zandron may not have been setting the world on fire, but they had a wonderful skate regardless. They were a joy to watch. Sure, some mishaps, but I was pretty impressed by them.
 

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Barquero/Zandron may not have been setting the world on fire, but they had a wonderful skate regardless. They were a joy to watch. Sure, some mishaps, but I was pretty impressed by them.
Oh, I was completely impressed! I realize this is an early season challenger but their 184.94 here at Lombardia would have been good enough for 10th at Worlds in March. Not too shabby at all for a team who has been together such a short time.
 

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Oh, I was completely impressed! I realize this is an early season challenger but their 184.94 here at Lombardia would have been good enough for 10th at Worlds in March. Not too shabby at all for a team who has been together such a short time.

I was equally as impressed in fact I think they should’ve won the whole thing. And it’s a shame that they did not

I mean I like Nicole and especially Matteo and I’m also Italian American but I’ve been saying this for years are always over marked. I like them a lot But there are times I feel like skaters below them should be above. I hope they have a great season though
 

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I was equally as impressed in fact I think they should’ve won the whole thing. And it’s a shame that they did not
Yes. DM/G are going to be lucky to finish 8th at the Olympics what with James/Radford (or I suppose W/M), C-G/L or C/J from the US, Miura/Kihara, Ziegler/Kiefer, H/K or H/S from Germany, and now Barquero/Zandron likely to be in the field as well as the 7 teams who finished ahead of them. And that's not even taking into consideration the young Chinese team that hasn't been seen since 2020 Jr Worlds or either of the Georgian teams, etc.
 

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Yes. DM/G are going to be lucky to finish 8th at the Olympics what with James/Radford (or I suppose W/M), C-G/L or C/J from the US, Miura/Kihara, Ziegler/Kiefer, H/K or H/S from Germany, and now Barquero/Zandron likely to be in the field as well as the 7 teams who finished ahead of them. And that's not even taking into consideration the young Chinese team that hasn't been seen since 2020 Jr Worlds or either of the Georgian teams, etc.

As far as your American teams I would definitely have Alexa and Brendan in there ahead of the other two teams
 

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