I want to see this.
I'm a little surprised that no one has posted this interview with Tai yet, as it seems to go well with this topic. I can't believe I'm the first to see it.
This clip of little Tai and Randy skating together as juniors illustrates her point very well. They did not become successful after a season or two together but only after years of skating together.
That's a great interview with Tai. I agree with her 100% the USFSA needs to get more involved in U.S. pairs skating. It's clear something needs to be done, especially now with the Olympic team event on the horizon. It'll be difficult to contend in the team event if we can't upgrade our pairs program. This really seems like it needs to be addressed on the governing body level.
For example, did the USFSA make any concerted effort to help Yankowskas/Coughlin (or Denney/Barrett or McLaughlin/Brubaker) work out their issues rather than simply split up? I'm not sure exactly what is needed, but perhaps a combination of 1) more USFSA financial support for promising pairs; 2) an organized mentoring/coaching program with successful U.S. pairs skaters/coaches as suggested by Tai; 3) more active monitoring of promising pairs by USFSA representatives (to help them work out training issues, coaching problems, etc.).
I'd love to hear from current or recent U.S. pairs skaters, or their parents or coaches, on the factors holding back pairs skating in the U.S. It would be great to get the "inside scoop" on this, if you will, from the people involved. I'd love to get insight from someone at USFSA as well.
This is really ridiculous....when will US pairs realize that it takes many years to build the perfect unison of the Russian pairs? John really had something going with Caitlyn and now that he switched partner, the unison-building must start all over again.
It is definitely one of the stranger stories in skating this year, but I have to admit that they look well matched, from that photo. Until I saw it I wasn't keen on the thought of their partnering up, but now I'm kind of eager to see them.
My jaw dropped to the floor when I read this. You have the best season of your life with somebody else, dump them, and then go with someone who had the worst season of their career?
As well matched as Denney and Coughlin may be, the odd nature of how this partnership came to be and the fact that a national champion pair was split in the process of this doesnt let me be at all excited for this new team.
Well it is official. I have to agree with Spun Silver they do look good together in that photo.
I like John and was disappointed when the "rumors" started about his pairing with Caydee,
but it is sport. Wishing them both well and will be looking forward to see what they can do
together. I hope things work out for Caitlin and she has success in finding a partner.