U.S. Ice Dance 2020-21 season news & updates

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Ice-dance.com's article on Elliana and Ethan Peal


From the article:

Team Peal will continue a family tradition when it competes on US Championship ice January 20th. Even more impressive, Ethan will be wearing his dad’s Quickstep pattern tuxedo during the rhythm dance.

Designer Mansie O’Leary has been costuming for the Peals since the juvenile level and has waited for the time Ethan would grow into the tuxedo. She had the idea to inspire tradition from father to son by refurbishing and tailoring it for the current era.

Scott Gregory, Rob Peal’s first Team USA coach, wore it at the 1988 Calgary Olympics prior to passing it along to his student. Rob wore it for the final time at the 2000 Championships in Cleveland with partner, Stephanie Woodman.

Coach Peal is thrilled he will be there in person to witness the passing of the torch.
 

Sylvia

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Oona & Gage Brown article by Christie Sausa:
 

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Oona & Gage Brown article by Christie Sausa:
Looking forward to seeing them!
 

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Could it have been misdiagnosed initially? I usually think of an ACL as being a season-ender type injury.
Looks like it from these articles recapping the junior competition:

Katarina Wolfkostin and Jeffrey Chen went from qualifying for and entering the U.S. Championships – with hopes of upgrading their 2020 silver medal to a gold – to withdrawing from the competition, then back to reentering just minutes before their flight to Las Vegas.

Chen had twisted his left knee in practice earlier this month. According to one doctor, the MRI results showed an ACL tear, which meant he would have to be off ice for 4-6 weeks. After seeking a second and third opinion, Chen was given different results and told he could continue skating – and just in time. They rebooked hotel rooms, made sure they were back in the competition and were on a plane later that day.

The 2020 U.S. silver medalists and 2020 Youth Olympic bronze medalists, Wolfkostin and Chen had withdrawn from the competition after Chen was told he had an ACL tear and could not skate. He received the results of another opinion, which cleared him to skate, on Monday.

Having been off the ice for a week, the team rushed to the rink to try all of their elements, then went straight to the airport. Three days later, they won their first junior title in just their second season together.
 

Sylvia

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Video story on Washington native Jean-Luc Baker by Bradley Warren (KHQ local news reporter based in Spokane, WA and a former competitive skater himself):
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Quote from 2021 U.S. Junior bronze medalist Ian Somerville with Katarina DelCamp (2nd article link posted by @cgirl8 above):
Their disco free dance was inspired by Championship-level bronze medalists Kaitlin Hawayek and Jean-Luc Baker, who have performed a Saturday Night Fever rhythm dance the past two seasons.

"I see myself a lot in Jean-Luc," Somerville said. "I feel like when I watch him skate, wow, I think that if I can try to implement some of his awesome energy, that would be a great addition to my skating. We just really love them, a lot."
 
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Messages & photos shared by 3 of the 4 junior medalist teams:

Katarina Wolfkostin: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKZHiqtLONJ/
Jeffrey Chen: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKZIiPIrA0q/ (big sis Karen watched him compete from Michigan & they skated together for fun on a frozen lake yesterday as seen in her IG stories)

Oona & Gage Brown with their coach, Joel Dear: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKXGCczrxtI/

Isabella Flores: https://www.instagram.com/p/CKXnBsHFIaq/
Dimitry Tsarevski 3rd photo is his group selfie of all the medalists & 4th is with their teammates Neset/Markelov): https://www.instagram.com/p/CKZY29urd40/

IDC's photo galleries, Senior & Junior, by Melanie Heaney are linked from here:
Recap article of the Senior event:
 
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Is this the first time that someone has been allowed to re-enter a major event after withdrawing?
I don't know offhand, but this has been one strange season. ;) I guess Wolfkostin/Chen were okay because they were in Las Vegas and present (virtually) for the Junior RD draw that took place on January 19th. I believe it's the chief referee's call?
 

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Jordan Cowan aiming to give the people what they want — in this case, more of the Browns. They filmed their RD, full video coming soon:

 

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I can’t think of any prior instance of attempting to rescind a withdrawal, because most of the time when skaters withdraw at the last minute things aren’t going to change.

But in principle, I don’t see how anybody could fairly object to it; unless an alternate had already been summoned, which wasn’t the case here.
 

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