Are former single skaters judged seriously as pairs?
Often when a single skater makes the switch to pairs for whatever reason, it seems to take the judges a little time to adjust seeing the skater or team adjust to the new discipline.
Is it because they think, oh, they couldn't make it as a single and have used what triple jumps they have to advantage. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone in particular, by the way.
Cheers for now
Gadfly and Bon Vivant
Haven't almost all pairs skaters begun as singles skaters?
Okay, I assume you're referring to skaters who get some level of notice as singles and then move to pairs. but I honestly can't think of any reason why that should matter to judges if the skaters in question can develop pairs skills.
One reason for judges to not fall all over new pairs skaters is that pairs is not diluted singles (except for side by side jumps and spins) but a lot of distinct skills that take time to develop (if they do).
The answer to your question is yes. For example, Naomi Nari Nam.
The most important thing is that a skater goes into pairs because they really want to do pairs and like doing pairs. What they did before doesn't matter.
If they do it for another reason it will show in their skating eventually.