Aldridge and Eaton, who train under a team of coaches including Scali; Pasquale Camerlengo and his wife, Anjelika Krylova; Natalia Annenko-Deller; and Liz Punsalan-Swallow are in the unusual position of trying to earn a second consecutive U.S. junior title. Staying in the junior ranks was a decision the skaters and their coaching team made together, with input from U.S. Figure Skating.
"Their first thought was to move to senior, but we said, this is the time for you to raise [ISU ranking] points, which you need to get Grand Prix assignments when you move up to senior," Camerlengo said. "After the Olympic season, a lot of teams will retire, and it will be a great start for your career. We always think about the long term."