Didn't Gregory & Petukov find one another online?
Maybe Max Aaron should learn pairs. He comes from a pairs skating family and he is young and strong. Any young male skater who has height and size should strongly consider going into pairs. It gives them a much better shot at going to GP events, Worlds, and the Olympics.
The real problem is that there are far less male skaters to go around. This is just a sport that attracts the ladies, but not the menfolk. Caitlin isn't the only talented female pair skater left stranded, although there are two ways to look at it:
Glass half full: At least Caitlin got to experience a high level of international success as part of a pairs team.
Glass half empty: Caitlin proved herself to be an internationally competitive pairs skater but was unable to take it further due to human factors.
To help future Caitlins, boys must either be encouraged/forced to participate in figure skating, or female/female pairs and ice dancing must be allowed.
How far along are Caitlin's singles jumps? (ie- Can she lutz?)
I was wondering the same thing, whether she can switch to singles if things don't work out on the pairs end.
Height and size issues aside (it's pretty obvious that the average build of a male pairs skater is VERY different than the average build of his singles counterpart, especially when it comes to upper-body strength), there's quite a steep learning curve for the aspiring male pairs skater, even more so than for a ladies singles skater who transitions into pairs. As a male pairs skater, it's not just about learning how to spin and jump in unison--you're also ultimately responsible for the safety of your partner on dangerous elements like lifts and twists. Expecting a dude who has no pairs experience at all to quickly be able to shoulder that responsibility and learn how to instinctively react when something like a lift goes wrong is quite unrealistic. These things take time and experience, particularly under CoP when you can't just do things like the simple lifts of yesteryear--to get the levels, everything must have a difficult variation or another, which heightens the possibility that something will indeed go wrong and further steepens the learning curve.
That's probably why we tend to see more ladies singles skaters going into pairs than men these days--if a male skater made the switch, he probably won't be ready for competition for at least a season or two (or even more).
Last edited by evangeline; 05-21-2011 at 03:54 AM.
He and his partner of four years, Caitlin Yankowskas, decided to end their partnership after the 2011 World Figure Skating Championships in May. The two were no longer happy together.Program notes:Sappenfield, who is also Coughlin’s longtime coach, asked Coughlin to try out with Denney before he made any major decisions. Sappenfield believed that after a lifetime of skating Coughlin was finally reaching his potential and that he was capable of more.
2011/2012 SP- East of Eden
2011/2012 LP- Nessun Dorma
Last edited by blue dog; 06-16-2011 at 11:39 AM.
"no longer happy together" - they were better actors than I thought, then, because they looked pretty dang excited at Worlds.
Well they'll all be skating this weekend at Skate for Hope in Ohio, including Caitlin as a single (I presume). Should be pretty interesting.
In this interview, Coughlin states that he went, within one week, from a firm resolve to retire to a sudden, out-of-the-blue, supposedly never-before-considered decision to restart his whole career with a new partner. I find this completely and totally implausible. Then there is the vague comment that he and Caitlin "were no longer happy together." Really? It sure didn't seem that way at Nationals or Worlds.
The article reeks of a public relations ploy attempting to build support for this new pair, who came together under very strange circumstances. Clearly Coughlin is aware he's not looking too good coming out of this and is seeking to repair the damage.