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    [FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=1][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=1][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=red]FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=4][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=1][COLOR=#000081]

    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=4][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=4][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=4][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=3]U.S. FIGURE SKATERS ANNOUNCE OFF-SEASON CHANGES[/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT]

    [/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 7, 2010) [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]
    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]– Coaching changes by a pair of former U.S. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]champions and the retirement of a longtime national and international competitor [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]highlight a busy off-season for several U.S. Figure Skating athletes.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=red]RETIREMENTS[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2]
    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]After more than 10 years of U.S. and international competition, [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Bebe Liang [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]announced [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]her retirement from competitive skating. Liang, who trained with Ken Congemi and Frank [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Carroll during her career, won the bronze medal at the 2006 Four Continents Figure [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Skating Championships and the gold medal at the 2006 Nebelhorn Trophy. Her best s[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]howing at a U.S. Figure Skating Championships was a fourth-place finish in 2007.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]"My time as a competitive figure skater has been the most rewarding and exciting time in m[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]y life, but now I feel it is time to close that chapter and open a new one," Liang said. "I [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]would like to thank my fans and everyone at U.S. Figure Skating who has been so [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]supportive of me. I would especially like to thank my family and my coaches, who have [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]put so much time and energy into molding me to become the athlete I am today."[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Ice dancing team [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Jane Summersett [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Todd Gilles [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]have also made public their [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]retirement from competitive skating. The duo, which teamed up three years ago, [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]garnered bronze at the 2008 Nebelhorn Trophy and twice placed sixth at the U.S. [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Championships.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=red]PARTNERSHIP ENDINGS[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2]

    [/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Four pairs teams have ended their professional partnerships, including 2009 U.S. junior [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]champions and 2007 U.S. novice champions [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Tracy Tanovich [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Michael Chau.[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]

    [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]"Tracy and I had a very successful career in our six competitive seasons together. We [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]have learned so much from each other and have had such great memories that I will [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]never forget," Chau said. "Tracy is like a little sister to me, and there will always be a place [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]in my heart for her. I wish her the best in the future."[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Also concluding their partnerships are 2010 U.S. novice pairs silver medalists [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Tori Vollmer [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Zack Sidhu[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], 2009 U.S. novice pairs champions [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Cassie Andrews [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Nicholas A[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]nderson [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and 2009 U.S. novice pairs silver medalists [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Haven Denney [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Daniel Raad. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Andrews has formed a partnership with Timothy DeLuc, and Denney has teamed up with [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]2008 U.S. novice men’s champion Daniel O’Shea.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Ice dancing teams [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Piper Gilles [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Zach Donohue[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], the reigning two-time U.S. junior [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]bronze medalists, and [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Trina Pratt [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Chris Obzansky[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], who finished ninth at this year’s U.S. [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Championships, have also split up.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]

    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=red]COACHING CHANGES[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT][/SIZE][/FONT]




    [LEFT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]2009 U.S. champion [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Alissa Czisny [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]has announced that she will continue to train at the [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Detroit Skating Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., but now under the tutelage of Yuka Sato, [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]who also coaches two-time reigning U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]


    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][LEFT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]"Having enjoyed taking lessons from Yuka Sato in the past, I am looking forward to [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]working with her and Jason Dungjen as my full-time coaches," Czisny said. "I'm very [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]excited for them to teach me everything they know."[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/LEFT]
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    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][LEFT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Kimmie Meissner[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], the 2006 World champion and 2007 U.S. champion, has left her most [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]recent training site in Coral Springs, Fla., for Fairfax, Va., where she will be coached by [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Chris Conte. Conte has worked as a technical consultant for U.S. Olympians Timothy [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Goebel, Sasha Cohen and Emily Hughes.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/LEFT]
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    [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][LEFT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Other U.S. skaters making a coaching change include 2008 Junior Grand Prix of Figure [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Skating Final champion B[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]eBecky Bereswill[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], who is leaving Houston, Texas, for Canton, Mich., [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]to train with FedoAndreev and Johnny Johns; 2007 U.S. novice silver medalist and 2009 [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]U.S. junior bronze medalist [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Alexander Johnson[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081], who will be mentored by Tom Zakrajsek [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]and Becky Calvin at the Broadmoor SC in Colorado Springs, Colo.; 2009 U.S. novice b[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]ronze medalist [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Angela Wang, [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]who will remain at Salt Lake Figure Skating and train with S[/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]cott Smith; and 2009 U.S. novice ice dancing champions [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Lauri Bonacorsi [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]and [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]Travis [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Mager, [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081][FONT=Century Gothic][SIZE=2][COLOR=#000081]who will train with Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov at the IceWorks [/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][/COLOR][/SIZE][/FONT][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081][SIZE=2][FONT=Century Gothic][COLOR=#000081]Skating Complex in Aston, Pa.[/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE][/LEFT]
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    Jane and Todd's retirement is such a bummer to me. I really enjoyed watching them skate at Nationals in 2008.

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    Carroll's got his hands full now......

    I was pretty sure Alissa and Kimmie were retiring, but I'm glad they're sticking around!

    EDIT: Just realized this is my 500th post!

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    Thanks for all the wonderful memories, Bebe. You're the greatest!

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    Does this mean Andreev is not going to train with Khokholova or he is going to do both (skate with Khokhlova and coach Bereswill) ?

    Karponosov is one of the candidates to take Piseev's place. If he is elected how is going to coach Bonacorsi and Mager ?

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    I'm really going to miss Bebe, at least she's leaving on a high note. Her LP as Nationals was probably the best I've seen her skate in years (and she was one of the very few skaters that actually didn't fall!).

    ETA - anybody else think that Leah Keiser is going to be a force to reckon with over the next couple of years, especially since she's moving to Carroll? I know she's young and all, but she landed 5(!) triple jumps in her novice LP including two 3Z and a 3F.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HCOSurfer View Post
    I'm really going to miss Bebe, at least she's leaving on a high note. Her LP as Nationals was probably the best I've seen her skate in years (and she was one of the very few skaters that actually didn't fall!).

    ETA - anybody else think that Leah Keiser is going to be a force to reckon with over the next couple of years, especially since she's moving to Carroll? I know she's young and all, but she landed 5(!) triple jumps in her novice LP including two 3Z and a 3F.
    Sure will miss Bebe ~ !!!!
    And Leah will certainly be a force. Not only 5 triples, but a decent overall program, as well. Will be exciting to watch her develop under Carroll.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #1Kerryfan View Post
    Carroll's got his hands full now......

    I was pretty sure Alissa and Kimmie were retiring, but I'm glad they're sticking around!

    EDIT: Just realized this is my 500th post!
    It's nice they are sticking around but I'm honestly not expecting much from either girl, if they do well than that's great but I just feel like they have already peaked in their careers. I always enjoy watching Alissa's spins though and it will be nice to see Kimmie after such a long break. I honestly think Mirai, Ashley, and Christina will be more exciting to watch in the upcoming season - I really see those three as the frontrunners for at least the next few years.

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    It's interesting that Kimmie is going to Christian Conte, the recognized expert on using Dartfish, the software package for analyzing your motion, for improving your jumps. Tim Goebel used him as a consultant.

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    I remember that first year BeBe skated as a senior. She has always been an interesting skater, and I'll miss her.

    How great that Kimmie and Alyssa aren't giving up! I know that it's possible they have peaked, but you never know. Look at Todd Eldredge and Paul Wylie. Alyssa especially brings something unique to skating: no one else has spins like hers, and few people can match her spirals. She also brings an artistic maturity and completeness to her performances. If Yuka and Jason, who seem like two of the most serene people around, can just help Alyssa get hold of her nerves, she could still have a respectable run at some medals.

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    And didn't Chris Conte do some nice choreographic work for Tommy Steen... (sp???) and a few others? Interesting that he is known for both something technical and artistic. Could be a nice mix of support for Kimmie. Hope to see her in full force next season.

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    A glaring lack of a Caroline announcement...best case scenario is that she's still coach shopping. This upsets me a bit though, if Gong and Kawamura got taken up by Carroll, he clearly could have also taken up Caroline. I wonder why she didn't try to go to the coach of her idol-- and if she did, I wonder why he didn't take her on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by silverlake22 View Post
    It's nice they are sticking around but I'm honestly not expecting much from either girl, if they do well than that's great but I just feel like they have already peaked in their careers.
    This part of your post I agree with.

    Alyssa is definitely sticking around but I didn't get the impression the latter was doing the same. It simply said she's working with some jump coach. She could keep skating but will it be competitive skating?

    As for Czisny, she now reached her potential as a national-level skater. I assume she wants to stick around because she wants a run at a World medal? If Lepisto could do it, after all...

    I don't know if she [Alyssa] has her sights set on 2014 though. First it was 2006, then 2010. She had a legit chance in both years but blew it when it came down to game time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by R.D. View Post
    This part of your post I agree with.

    Alyssa is definitely sticking around but I didn't get the impression the latter was doing the same. It simply said she's working with some jump coach. She could keep skating but will it be competitive skating?

    As for Czisny, she now reached her potential as a national-level skater. I assume she wants to stick around because she wants a run at a World medal? If Lepisto could do it, after all...

    I don't know if she [Alyssa] has her sights set on 2014 though. First it was 2006, then 2010. She had a legit chance in both years but blew it when it came down to game time.
    Alissa might just be taking it year by year. If she does well next season she might come back for 2012.

    Her funding won't be as good as last season......
    Maybe if Sasha retires again Alissa can move up a level.

    From US Skating Team Envelopes

    Team B - Tier One

    Ladies: Sasha Cohen, Ashley Wagner, Caroline Zhang


    Team B - Tier Two

    Ladies: Alissa Czisny, Christina Gao, Agnes Zawadzki

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    Quote Originally Posted by janetfan View Post
    Alissa might just be taking it year by year. If she does well next season she might come back for 2012.

    Her funding won't be as good as last season......
    Maybe if Sasha retires again Alissa can move up a level.

    From US Skating Team Envelopes

    Team B - Tier One

    Ladies: Sasha Cohen, Ashley Wagner, Caroline Zhang


    Team B - Tier Two

    Ladies: Alissa Czisny, Christina Gao, Agnes Zawadzki
    They may move Gao or Zawadzki up ahead of Czisny just where those two are more promising for the future of US figure skating considering their ages.

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