I don't know about any troubles they may have had getting there, but Jennifer Goolsbee & Hendryk Schamberger DID compete at the 1994 Olympics and placed a very nice 9th place I also liked their program, a Jewish folk music dance.Originally Posted by mememe
She later tried to continue her skating career for Germany, after 1995 when Hendryk Schamberger had quit and teamed up with Samuel Gezalian (former partner of Tatiana Navka), but that team didn't really get off the ground, I don't remember what exactly happened in the end. In 1996 they had back luck with illnesses and injuries, and while they did win German Nationals in 1997 (and I have them on tape skating a show together in Germany in the same year I think ), I'm not sure if they ever represented Germany internationally.
In regards to the topic, I think especially in dance and pairs, the situation would be quite depressing if skaters couldn't look for partners from other countries, especially many smaller countries (small in regards to skating tradition especially) might never be able to build a skating program without some "foreign" input. And it's hard enough finding the "right" skating partner for a team, without being bound by country limits additionally. Who knows if Aljona Sawchenko would ever have found a partner good enough for her in the Ukraine and she's such a talent, it would have been a shame if she had ended up a partnerless "pair" skater there, just because there's no good enough guy in the Ukraine. It took her long enough to find somebody as it was (first Morozov from Russia and now Szolkowy from Germany).