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    DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir

    Pair skaters DeeDee Leng & Simon Shnapir, who teamed up in 2014, represent the U.S. Leng was born on Jan 18, 1994, in Los Angeles, California, while Shnapir was born on August 20, 1987 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (now Russia).

    Excerpt from their mini-bio for the Ice Chips show in Apr 2015:
    DeeDee and Simon began skating [together] in June of 2014. They competed at the Grand Prix events Cup of Russia and NHK Trophy and placed 8th and 6th respectively. At the 2015 US Championships they finished 8th despite battling an injury all season. They are looking forward to improving upon their first year and having a strong and successful partnership.

    ISU bio page: http://www.isuresults.com/bios/isufs00054471.htm

    IceNetwork bio page: http://web.icenetwork.com/skaters/team/leng_shnapir

    Simon's Wikipedia
    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Shnapir

    Deedee has no Wikipedia entry

    DeeDee's social media:
    Simon's social media:


    Leng, Shnapir set sights on 2018 Olympic Games
    Shnapir excited for 'refreshing change' after parting ways with Castelli
    Posted 6/4/14
    by Sarah S. Brannen, special to icenetwork
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2014/...-olympic-games

    Programs

    2014-15
    SP Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, performed by Edvin Marton; choreo. by Julie Marcotte
    FS Miss Saigon soundtrack by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, performed by performed by Sean Alderking; choreo. by Julie Marcotte


    Personal Best Total Score 138.24 ISU GP NHK Trophy 2014
    Personal Best Score Short Program
    45.91
    ISU GP NHK Trophy 2014
    Personal Best Score Free Skating
    92.33
    ISU GP NHK Trophy 2014


    2014 Rostelecom Cup SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmD6MeWkSlk
    2015 Rostelecom Cup FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or7X3Kyt74Q

    2014 NHK SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ct9BgVDLW_c
    2014 NHK FS
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVlcHFDpsTs

    Competitive history


    Competition SP LP Final
    2015 U.S. Championships 8 7 8 ( 160.29)
    2014 NHK Trophy 6 6 6(138.24 )
    2014 Rostelecom Cup 8 8 8 (128.68 )

    Exhibitions

    2015 Ice Chips Gala
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7H5MA7ZoHc

    2015 Frenchie Skate Gala
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rtlym6nha0Q

    With Other Partners

    DeeDee and Timothy LeDuc
    2014 US Nationals SP, third
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9PSLawQyY4

    Simon and Marissa Castelli
    2014 US Championships SP, first,US Nationals record
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX-Rk89mddk

    Baby Pictures

    DeeDee alone as a single
    2007 Skate Detroit Jr. Ladies SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGe5JfckCQA

    2008 FrenchieSkate
    The first part is DeeDee talking briefly about what she likes about the event. Then video of her skate.
    https://youtu.be/9IkcDuWe-Es (3:23)

    Marissa Castelli & Simon as Juniors
    2008 GPF SP
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_O3Logp8834

    Golden Skate Threads and Articles

    Simon's Fan Fest with Marissa Castelli
    http://www.goldenskate.com/forum/sho...-Simon-Shnapir

    Other articles and videos

    Get to Know DeeDee Leng
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fOnWIcXpFXg

    Get to Know Simon Shnapir
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xov2tBokCCQ
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    DeeDee and Simon will be reusing their 2014-15 SP program this season:

    SP Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, performed by Edvin Marton; choreo. by Julie Marcotte

    Thanks for starting a thread for them!

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    Thank you!

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    Simon contributed a story to this new IN article . He explained how it felt to master an overhead lift for the first time (with his first partner, not with DeeDee).

    My first time: Skaters share on-ice success stories
    Posted 6/1/15
    by Sarah S. Brannen and Amy Rosewater
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2015/06/01/126754568



    Quote Originally Posted by dorispulaski View Post
    DeeDee and Simon will be reusing their 2014-15 SP program this season:

    SP Carmina Burana by Carl Orff, performed by Edvin Marton; choreo. by Julie Marcotte

    Thanks for starting a thread for them!
    Doris, thx for adding so much to the OP .

    I have added another video of young DeeDee as a singles skater, from 2008 FrenchieSkate. The first part is DeeDee talking briefly about what she likes about the event. Then video of her skate.

    Off topic:
    Any word on LeDuc? Any chance that he will return to competitive skating?
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    I haven't seen anything about LeDuc.

    ETA that was an interesting set of comments by Simon about the lift.
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    News

    Today USFS tweeted an announcement re Simon's retirement.

    Simon Shnapir, a two-time U.S. pairs champion and 2014 Olympian, has announced his retirement from competitive skating.

    "I am grateful for the many years that I had the privilege to represent Team USA," Shnapir said. "As I transition away from competitive skating, I am looking forward to coaching full time and also getting into broadcasting. ...

    Leng will consider various options moving forward and will first concentrate on recovering from a recent concussion.

    "I really enjoyed working with Simon and I couldn't have asked for a better partner or friend. I wish him the best in his future," she said. "Thank you to everyone who has encouraged and supported us. As for the future, I'm not quite sure what's in store, but my main goal right now is to get healthy and recover from my injury."


    http://www.usfigureskating.org/Story...244&type=media (I assume that the date of Jun 20 on the press release is wrong)

    Best to Simon. Look forward to his work in broadcasting .

    And hope DeeDee recovers soon. Good luck to her as well.

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    That is too sad. I had hoped for both if them to continue.

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    Shnapir cites health concerns in decision to retire
    Two-time U.S. champion calls competing in Sochi 'crowning achievement'


    Long article with a lot of reflections from Simon on his career.
    Made me cry. Sigh.
    His family and he have a lot to be proud of .

    So sorry to read about the extent of both Simon's injuries and DeeDee's. Wishing a return to good physical health for both in the future.

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    Happy Birthday to Simon !

    @SimonShnapir
    I may be getting older but today marks the first birthday I've had in years where I'm not on a plane or competing #relaxingbirthday
    11:08 AM - 20 Aug 2015
    https://twitter.com/SimonShnapir/sta...26753876918272

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    Sending best wishes to DeeDee , who is quoted in the second article of IN's concussion series.

    Mini-excerpt re DeeDee at present:

    For former pairs skater DeeDee Leng, her recovery from a concussion suffered last April has been gradual. ....

    Leng, who lives at home with her family in the Chicago suburb of Naperville, said she has only skated a couple of times since her accident. When she has been on the ice, it has often resulted in headaches.

    These days, Leng has all but left skating behind. She is taking classes at a local college and is considering a career in industrial design.

    More about DeeDee's concussion is in the full article:
    Concussions in figure skating: How to treat them
    Flatt shares scary details of past accidents; Leng recounts slow recovery

    Posted 2/8/16 by Amy Rosewater
    http://web.icenetwork.com/news/2016/02/08/163741802

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